It’s time for another update in pictures! Things look quite a bit different since our
last gallery tour of the garden, and there’s now quite a bit more to see…mostly. So enough with the chit-chat and on with the images (in no particular order)!
First up, how about a barrel of ground cherries! Unbelievably, we have repeatedly thinned out this barrel, but the ground cherries seem to keep coming back even fuller than before. At this point, we probably need to get rid of most of the really small seedling to make room for the larger plants if we hope to have any decent harvests.
In the second barrel, our huckleberries didn’t make it, so we’re leaving it to the few ground cherries that did. (Since we planted ground cherries here last year.)
We moved our herb planters to the back of the yard, and in them we placed random greens and basil. We’re not exactly sure what the leafy green is growing next to all the basil seedlings here.
Another planter, more randoms greens and little clumps of new basil.
The third planter, more of the same.
In the back barrel planters, without any peppers to take up space, we planted mostly tomatoes…
…and then we tried something new, like corn. Popcorn in this case! (Will it be “knee high by the 4th of July”??)
Further experiments in the barrel include soybeans…
.., and then we re-planted some of our radishes from the wood barrels to see if anything would happen. Turns out, something did! For the first few days, they looks like they were going to die off, but then, they didn’t. We’ll likely harvest them later on in the season to see if any actual radishes survived.
Moving on to the raised beds, we’ve got a good crop of cucumbers going. The empty (left) side of the bed is where we planted our saved seeds. Hmm…looks like we might be doing something wrong in terms of saving cucumbers seeds.
The greens bed needs to be weeded, but we’ve actually gotten several harvests of delicious arugula and lettuce from here. (And the arugula is already going to seed.) The kale at the back and cabbage at the front are both struggling, thanks, in large part, to our rascally rabbits.
The lettuce bed looks especially pathetic, but you can see that we replanted at least one row in the middle. The rabbits continue to feast here, and they can have it.
Ugh, the poor, poor peas. 😦 See the previous picture concerning rabbits. Nope, no peas this year.
And speaking of pathetic, the side bed, which, in the past, has been brimming with tomatoes, isn’t brimming with much of anything. Though there are tomatoes here — you can kind of see one that’s at least a little bit happy on the far right.
This space used to be taken up by one of our rain barrels. As yet another experiment, we threw in some okra seeds into the space, and by golly, we have seedlings! If we get any okra. maybe we’ll remember to harvest it on time this year.
In the long bed, on the sunny side, our several rows of different bush beans looks promising, though some varieties are doing better than others.
In the middle of the long bed, it’s all pole beans, all the time! We have success in all but one of the hills.
On the shady side of the long bed are more rows of bush beans, but they aren’t doing as well as last year. It’s likely been much cooler over here than in previous years.
This year is going to be the “year of the squash” by the looks of things in the first stone bed!
Squash flowers — pretty nice!
We think that our three “volunteer” squash plants are more than likely zucchini. But one might be an acorn squash. We’ll just have to wait and see.
On the other side of the same bed are the melons. Doing good, but they are much slower to grow. Plus this side of the bed tends to be a bit shady. Maybe not the best placement on our part. Those are two carrots going to seed there in the middle, by the way.
The other stone bed, the one that housed the “ tomato jungle” last year, is looking much, much different. Much more sparse. Though the marigolds on the end seem to like it. Our asparagus on the left side didn’t come back as much as we though this year, and the tomatoes in the cages mostly remain small.
Lest we forget, we do have more lettuce still growing in our little hanging bed!
Back over on the side of the house, the strawberries are done, but the plants are doing well. We got enough of a harvest this year to make a whole pie! (And it was delicious!)
And here was placed a few of our stray plants to get a little more sun — a blackberry (at the front that may not make it, sadly), over-wintered peppers, and a blueberry. And, of course, more strawberries.
And finally, here we do have some huckleberries! We’re very excited and hope they produce.
Alrighty then, that’s enough pictures for one post! In case anyone was wondering, yes, we did a ton of weeding and watering after these pictures were taken. And as for those poles with the little overturned pots, we’re using them to keep netting over some beds and out of the way of the actual plants, so they don’t grow into the netting itself. We’re all about creative solutions without spending a ton of money! Actually, that could almost be the motto of the garden, itself! 🙂