|Garden at sunrise|
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Right now, we are harvesting greens (lettuce, spinach, sorrel, peppers, sprouting broccoli, arugula, corn salad), peas, zucchini, strawberries, onions, garlic, herbs and potatoes. This year we have gotten above average rain accompanied by way above average temperatures. The rain was great for the lettuce and peas; not so great for any seed starting or summer veggies in the garden.
The cucumber seeds I direct sowed rotted. I re-sowed in a pot on the covered deck. They have sprouted. I’ll wait until they have at least one set of true leaves before I transplant them.
I have baby tomatoes and eggplants. One of my Tangerine sweet pepper plants has full size peppers on it. The rest of my pepper plants have baby peppers. Peppers are for every taste and garden All the tomato plants are blooming. The Violet Jasper I planted in a pot is huge and has several small tomatoes on it. I need to get a cage on it quickly while I still can! Last year, the tomato I grew in the pot only needed a stake. This one is monster and needs more support. Tomatoes 101, everything you need to know to grow great tomatoes
The tomatoes and basil are not growing as quickly as typical. I assume it is from all the cloudy days we have had this spring. The zucchini has just taken off in the last couple of weeks. Growing zucchini and summer squash
At our old house, we had our garden edged in daylilies and they would be in full, glorious bloom this time of year. You couldn’t even see the veggies behind them when standing in the yard.
|Kitchen garden with daylilies in front|
In our lake house garden, I interplant flowers with my veggies. The flowers attract pollinators like bees which increases the amount of fruits you get off your summer fruits and vegetables as well as being beautiful.
I harvested the garlic this week end. The onions are ready to be harvested. There is a debate on whether to remove the flowers to get bigger heads. I leave them. The bees love them! Remember to save the largest and tastiest cloves of garlic to plant in the fall. Garlic harvest time is near!