It’s time for another round-up of the garden in pictures! And hoo boy, do we have a lot to share — the garden has been going like gangbusters! We’re posting this a little earlier than normal (considering that our
second update wasn’t all that long ago) because we’re going to be take a brief break from blogging next week. So after this, we’ll be back in August with plenty more to share. Until then, around the garden we go!
First up, the strawberries are looking lush. though there are no strawberries anymore. It’s that time of year when they start to propagate and throw out runners, and ours are no exception!
Our huckleberry plant is just starting to produce berries. Have to wait until they turn black, though, as the unripe berries are very poisonous.
Things are still looking sad in the side bed, except for that one tomato plant on the right. It’s trying hard to make something happen!
In raised bed of greens, only the curly endive and arugula have survived. The cabbage (left) and kale (right) seedlings all succumbed to the dastardly rabbits.
Nearly the same is true of the raised bed with lettuces, except for that one row of baby lettuces. At this point, the rabbits can have it.
And they ate every last pea plant as well. [SIGH] We have plans to deal with this next year…oh yes we do… (not evil plans, just plans to make the beds taller.)
Meanwhile, rabbits don’t like cucumbers, thankfully!
Destined for pickling? We shall see!
Meanwhile, in the beans patch, the bush beans are doing okay.
The rabbits didn’t get them all!
In the center of the long bed (the beans patch), the pole beans are doing what they do best — climbing!
Not all the pole beans are climbing varieties; some are just tall, like the fava beans. This one is just starting to flower.
The other side of the beans patch is…yes…overgrown. But! The weeds have kept away the rabbits, allowing the plants they didn’t destroy to survive. (It’s not really an excuse not to weed, but we’ll take it if we can get some string beans!)
And it’s working!
Moving towards the back of the yard, of course we have to stop and get a picture of one of our lace-cap hydrangeas. The plant didn’t bloom last year, so we’re happy to see it flowering this year.
Steady as she goes in the back of the yard. We’ve got tomatoes and soybeans doing okay. And the radish plants at the front right are going to seed.
A bumble bee enjoying one of the soybean flowers.
We haven’t talked much about our herb planters this year, but we’re certainly using them! This one contains Greek Dwarf basil — it’s small but powerful! (And delicious!)
In this planter we put basil (right), along with some mixed greens and lettuces, kale, and a Brussel sprout plant! It’s a mixed bag.
And the final planter contains mostly basil, Genovese — it’s the best on pizza!
Believe it or not, our small hanging planter of lettuces has probably given us the most harvests this year! Y’know why? Because the rabbits can’t get at it!
The ground cherries in our two barrel planters have grown phenomenally, and that’s despite our thinning efforts. So this year, it’s almost like we have ground cherry “bushes” instead of small trees like in previous years.
This way, hopefully most of the cherries will be hidden from the squirrels — they like them just as much as we do, unfortunately.
Moving onto the stone bed, they tomatoes here are doing alright. They could be better, but we’ll take what we can get.
Pretty sure this is a Rutgers tomato plant. (We had to do so much replanting of seedlings in the cold, damp spring, it’s hard to know for sure!)
In the second stone bed, the squash is doing it’s thing!
Soooooo much zucchini!
And more’s on the way!
In the second half of the same stone bed, the melons have taken over! (Literally. They are growing all over those old carrot plants. We don’t mind them being used as scaffolding.)
Fingers crossed that we’ll actually get a few melons this year.
And between the two stone bed, our pepper plants in containers are doing fine.
Soon we’ll be harvesting cayennes!
And we don’t think we’ve mentioned this experiment before, but we planted two leftover tomato seedlings in pots. They’be been sitting on our porch just growing slowly. We want to see if we can get these to grow indoor over the winter like we have with our peppers. It’s a bit of a long shot, but worth trying nonetheless!
So that’s going to do it for another update. The strange year in the garden continues — warm winter, cold spring,
super hot summer. We’ll be back in two weeks to continue our adventures!