So a quick warning- there are a lot of pictures. So this post might be long and rambling. I realized as I was uploading the picture (all 28 of them) that most of the pictures I see other bloggers post are of large sections of the garden. I like to get all up in there and take pictures of small sections. It also helps me later to see what things were like at a certain point, but I think part of that is being a newbie.
Anyway, I'll start with the most interesting thing and then you can scroll through the pictures if you like.
So B bought this house in Oct 2009. We met that December and I moved in the following September. So I've lived in this house for almost 2 years. And apparently I'm not very observant because coming up our driveway today I noticed for the first time that we had a fruit bush growing on the side of the road. Now our house is in a slightly wooded area- I can see our neighbors houses through the trees- so I don't think that I'm THAT unobservant. Either way I was super excited to find what I thought was a raspberry bush, full of berries, especially since the one I planted in our front yard isn't producing many.
I go down to pick them, envisioning various raspberry dishes/desserts/jams/jellies in my head. But as I get closer I realize they're not quite like regular raspberry bushes. They're kinda fuzzy. And the berries are small and sticky. Not sticky from berry juice, but more like sap.
|PS, the plant is HUGE. And there's a second one a few feet away.|
A few internet searches later I find out that they're actually wineberries, or wine raspberries. It's a type of raspberry that's native in Asian countries, here in the US it's considered an invasive plant.
I want to keep it though. The berries taste like raspberries but are more tart. I picked what was ripe, although there was only a small handful.
You can see the berries in this picture, along with my wax/bush bean harvest for the day.
I also pulled out all the garlic today, as they were falling over. The plants weren't as big as I wanted, and I don't think any of them had really started creating cloves. Someone mentioned on one of the forums about curing the garlic and then replanting it. I'm going to read up some more on it and try to do that this October.
Ok, back to the garden tour. The basil is growing, and bushing out a bit from being cut back. Still hoping to get enough for at least one batch of pesto this summer.
|Basil from the nursery, and some seeds that apparently accidentally made their way into the container.|
|Basil again. And more seedlings have started|
Here is my garden experiement- the radishes are on the top, rhubarb is below. They've sprouted, but I'm not sure how long they'll last. The radishes might actually do ok. We're still having pretty cool temps- in the 80s.
Same with the spinach- I might be able to use these as transplants?
The first planting of melons is taking off. I finally started getting some more melon sprouts popping up in the other half barrel planter this past week too.
These melon seeds (above) were planted just over a month ago, on May 13th.
I'm not sure what to think about my strawberries. I think something is still getting in through the cover holes, but it could also be that what I thought were strawberries just starting to grow are actually the little bits left behind from being chewed. I've read of a few other people using tulle to cover them, so I'll have to hit up JoAnn's next time they have a sale. They've put out a few runners.
What can I do with the runners? Cut them and try to plant them? Leave them be till next summer when hopefully I can built a strawberry bed? Just cut them back? The ones in the round planter are from Burpee.
The strawberries in this picture are from Home Depo, and you can see my second planting of zucchini. I know the containers aren't big enough. I'm going to transplant them soon, I hope.
Cucumber seedlings. I need to start building my trellis for these guys soon.
This is summer squash- They're starting to produce the immature baby fruits, but I've yet to see any of the flowers open up yet. And these containers are probably too small too. I didn't think about it until after they'd gotten really big. Oh well. There's always next year. And I have a couple more plantings of squash in the raised beds too.
The zucchini is at the same stage as the squash; I planted the seeds at the same time.
The tomatoes seem to be doing much better, although they're a little sparse, leaf and stem wise. Early blight is under control- although I see a small spot or two here and there. I'm going to spray them again in a few days with more of the Serenade, but the blight is definitely not taking over huge sections like it was before.
Now I'm just impatient waiting for them to start ripening!
Baby beans are the cutest thing ever. I've got tons of flowers on both the wax and the bush beans, and there are baby beans on the pole beans too, but not a whole lot of ripe ones yet.
I also find it interesting how the pole beans have collected at the top of the trellis- like a hat or something.
So the top pepper plant is the one that had been stunted due to the tomato plants shading him too much. I think I mentioned that I'd planted him with the toms because I thought he would grow at approximately the same rate as the others. No such luck, and he's been in the ground since mid April. I finally dug him out and transplanted him in a different bed all by his lonesome. I grew peppers here last year, and they did fairly well, so I'm hoping he'll bounce back. It's been a week though, and I haven't seen much improvement. The rest of the bed is open, and I'm thinking this would be a good place to try a fall garden- peas, broccoli, spinach and carrots.
As a comparison, this picture above is from April, when he was planted- top left of the bed.
This pepper- a gypsy pepper from Home Depot- is doing great. All of a sudden I realized I had peppers growing!
Thanks to the not too hot weather so far, my snow/snap peas are still producing a little bit. Not enough for a meal, I usually just end up picking them off and eating them right away. I'm going to transplant those zukes I mentioned earlier here soon.
The lemon cuke looks marvelous, growing nice and strong, easily pulling itself up the trellis. I bought these as a novelty, and I'm really excited to try them.
And there you have it: (almost) the whole garden.