Archive for June, 2009

Now Blooming

potted annuals

potted annuals

astrantia

astrantia

pink knautia blooms and a tiny orange poppy hiding in the back

pink knautia blooms and a tiny orange poppy hiding in the back

columbine

columbine

guardian of the garden

guardian of the garden

I love how the orange potentilla has woven itself around the blue lupine. the bricks and stepping stones are in my neighbor's yard.

I love how the orange potentilla has woven itself around the blue lupine. that's golden sage in the foreground, and the bricks and stepping stones are in my neighbor's yard.

looking out my front door. the huge thing with white flowers is an herb...valerian, I think. there's a lily on the right just about to bloom, and the rose campion in front of the maple has one or two blossoms open, which will soon become a sea of bright pink.

looking out my front door. the huge thing with white flowers is an herb...valerian, I think. there's a lily on the right just about to bloom, and the rose campion in front of the maple has one or two blossoms open, which will soon become a sea of bright pink.

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Edible garden status

It struck me today that this is the first year I seem to be more interested in other plantings in my yard than in my square foot garden box.  I don’t know why exactly – some of it is because I’d been working on a big project in the front yard (gravel path and surrounding beds) and in back (digging and establishing new beds around the new deck) and also some of it may be because all of the perennials I’ve planted in front are in their 2nd and 3rd years so they have really filled out and started looking wonderful so I’m occupied with maintaining those.

As for my veggies, I’ve been pretty lame.  I actually got the garden ready to go and cool season vegetables planted earlier than I’ve ever done so, but I can’t seem to decide on growing anything else.  I have peas with edible pods for the boys  which they’ve really been scarfing up, so I’ll probably plant another batch because I’d like them to have them around for more of the Summer.  I have some mixed leaf lettuce which is doing pretty well, and my chard is sort of sitting there doing nothing.  I bought some cabbage starts and put those in, but that’s IT!  There’s a huge garlic plant from last year, some self-sown cilantro from last year, and a couple of rogue potatoes that somehow hid themselves since 2007 and decided to come back.  I don’t have space for any squashes, the kids don’t really like green beans enough to grow many more than the ones in their box (and Chad won’t eat them), I moved all tomato operations to the side of the house near the berries so the kids could forage more easily, so… yeah.  I have space not being used.  I do have a big flat of basil seedlings in my kitchen window that seem to be stuck at 2″ tall which I sort of planned to move out to the garden, so maybe that will take up a row.  It is just so funny to me that I’m feeling ambivalent about veggies this year when several of my friends (and other cool people) are just getting started with theirs.

june15_09veggarden

I did make a smaller box for the boys this year and theirs is doing pretty well.  Evan wanted cucumbers  (only a few of his sprouted seeds survived the bugs), Justin wanted green beans (which he likes to eat raw but not cooked, so we’ll see how that turns out) and the third row was planted with zinnias – fast-growing, huge flowers, and they can pick as many as they want and don’t have to ask me first.  The pots in the foreground are “extra” cherry tomatoes I grew from seed which didn’t fit next to their flatmates now living by the raspberry bushes;  I couldn’t bear to toss them so I’ll try to give them away.

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My herbs are in their own space behind the veg garden and they’re doing well.  I added several more mints to the family last year and they are in big pots at the edge of the herb garden.

Apple mint and orange mint

Apple mint and orange mint

The bright point of all this edible news is that the strawberries are doing GREAT and we’ve gotten a small harvest!  The raspberry bushes are loaded with green berries and a handful of them are starting to get pink.

Strawberry Patch (that big rock props my gate open)

Strawberry Patch (that big rock props my gate open)

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The kids’ pizza garden is looking good, the pic is after one month of growth (scroll down to a previous entry for pics of it when it was started).  The tomato is very happy, the chives and oregano are, too, but I’m not sure if the pepper is going to do anything.

june15_09pizzagarden

It is quite early yet to assume I’m “done” with veggie planting – I may just get inspired in a month or so and go crazy, but for now it will be minimal, and I’m okay with that.