The Edible Garden is In!

It’s all in…mulched and ready to grow…

I’m trying square-foot-type gardening, partly because I don’t have much faith in some of the peppers I started—not much root to them–and went out and bought some bigger ones, meaning I ended up with 12 bell peppers of assorted types, and 4 sweet banana peppers.  Same with the tomatoes:  I planted 3 better boys before the monsoons hit and they looked pretty bedraggled when it was all over, so I bought 3 bigger ones.  There are also 1 sweet cherry 100, 2 romas, and one husky.  There’s a lot of basil, some sage, rosemary, parsley, and oregano, as well as the broccoli and onions I planted in March.  I put down some carrot and beet seeds around the blueberry bushes…and don’t forget the bush beans and pole beans.   If it all grows, I’ll have plenty to eat and give away!

We’ve mulched around the entire house and it looks great…

I planted some wave petunias in an old stump (ala Pinterest), and surrounded geraniums with marigolds in the old wash tubs…

This lovely Sweet William is peeping out from under the daylilies..

When the rain finally returned, we brought out the houseplants and porch furniture…

 

Now, it’s just maintenance…and a fair bit of luck…

Peace

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The edible garden is planted…

What a beautiful week-end!  It was super-productive for us, also…

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I love that exhausted feeling after a full day of planting, sitting on the back porch looking out at the lush, green that will now grow…

3 Better Boy, 2 Roma, 2 Husky Cherry, 1 Sweet 100 tomatoes

6 bell peper

3 yellow squash, 2 zucchini

pole beans, bush beans, sugar snap peas

10 Basil

1 oregano

cayenne pepper, cilantro, tomatillo

pearly thyme

arugula, buttercrunch lettuce

fern dill

pineapple sage, honeydew sage, common sage

lemon grass, lemon verbena, lemon mint (melissa)

geranium, marigold, black-eyed Susan vine

3 nasturtium

Spring planting is my favorite part…well, eating the fruits of the planting is almost as satisfying…but never again do I have the control that I have in the Spring.  Soon enough the symmetry is spoiled and I move this and add that to cover the open spot or cut back the overgrowth, but today we all just sit hopefully, enjoying right where we are…

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P.S.  It’s time to put out your hummingbird feeders!!!

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Checking in…

The grandchildren from NYC have come and gone.  While they were here, they helped bring in some tomatoes, trimmed some oregano, and just generally enjoyed looking out for the bunnies.  City girls are especially intrigued by the sound of the tree flies at night and the sight of the sloughed skin stuck to a tree is the stuff of legends…   I need a bat house, though, to take care of the mosquitoes;  my daughter and her progeny are verry reactive to the bites (as am I) and DEET is so Deetish.

Regardless of who does the regarding, the garden continues to grow.  The squash, at last overcome by the powdery mildew despite my valiant efforts, has been pulled after producing just a few;  the green beans have been harvested and eaten.  The empty rows are “resting” and I’ll get some more beans planted and maybe some greens.  I’m steadily harvesting bell peppers and all varieties of tomatoes.  In the center garden, the pineapple sage are robust and the lavendar hedge is finally stretching up…mostly.  I need to move the tarragon and rosemary, plenty of that, but overall it’s a lovely garden.

 

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The front porch flowers have stood up well under the summer’s wind and rains.  I did some dead-heading the several days ago, and always pinch the marigolds and geraniums when i’m walking by;  otherwise, they’ve required little fuss…

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It’s been a lovely summer break and weather has been unusually co-operative…   I’m still working the week-ends at the race-track and I’ll be starting back to my school-job in 5 days.   It makes me look forward to harvest and the fall, but Not Yet…

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