I think my garden is finally ready for its close up. I’ve spent all of my free time trying to pull bindweed and this is the first chance I’ve gotten to show off my garden.
I have flats of beans, edamame, corn, herbs, and lentils sitting in flats near the house. The beds these go into are full of spinach, peas, and bindweed.
My tomatoes too are waiting to be planted along with peppers, eggplants, basil, and my mystery plants. Most of these were planted back in February.
My mystery plants. They are coming up in my alphabet series (letter G).
The baptisia I started from seeds don’t look the greatest, but there are lots of new sprouts at each plant.
My herb garden. From left to right I have chives, chocolate mint, lavendar, oregano, and sage. I also have basil, rosemary, and two types of parsley.
The raspberries are full of blooms. I think we are going to get a good crop this year. This bed is 3 years old.
The rhubarb exploded this year. We harvested over a dozen 2 foot stalks that where used for rhubarb shortcake, rhubarb crisp, jelly and given away to family.
This is my bed 7. It is suppose to have peas in it, however, the bindweed is the worst in this bed so I decided not to plant in it until I got the bindweed under control. I’ve been pulling bindweed from this bed now for over a month. The beans and other legumes will be planted in here shortly.
Bed 6 is full of peas now. Eggplants and peppers will occupy this bed next.
Bed 5 just has spinach inside for now. I will plant corn in this bed.
Bed 4 has my second sowing of broccoli. The squash will follow.
Bed 3 is home to the onions, leeks, and carrots.
I had to buy onion sets this year due to poor germination rate with my onion seed from last year.
I planted some of my storage onions that were beginning to sprout. These will produce oinon seeds for me to use next year.
My leeks are tucked in behind the seed onions.
So far I have 2 carrots planted from 2 packages of seeds. I still seem to have rotten luck with carrots.
My garlic is growing well. i planted the cloves last September.
I didn’t realize how crooked my lettuce rows were until I snapped a picture of bed 2. I could harvest these at any time, but I think I am going to let them grow into heads of lettuce.
The lettuce is already starting to form heads.
Bed 1 has my first planting of broccoli and some cabbage.
The cabbage is also starting to form heads.
I planted three types of june-bearing strawberries this year and they are growing well.
I wish I could say they same about my blueberries. These were some the rabbits got. They still have fruit forming, but they aren’t pretty.
Sage and Ginger are helping show off something new. Jerusalem artichokes will take the place of potatoes this winter. They will be stored in the ground all year and can be harvested as long as the ground isn’t frozen. Any left in the ground will grow to form more tubers for next year.
My second planting of blueberries are doing much better then the ones chewed on by rabbits. I protected them over the winter months from hungry critter and they are rewarding me with berries.
It was very hard to get a good picture of the asparagus because it has been very windy this summer, but you get the picture. All the crowns I planted have sprouted baby ferns and are flowering.
Last, but not least are these two beauties, but don’t get too close because they have thorns. These are my two gooseberry bushes and they too are full of blooms. I am mostly growing these for my Grandmother, who loves the tart fruits. Every year she makes the journey to Winchester, IN where a small bakery/eatery makes and sells all kinds of pies. There she buys a gooseberry pie and savors it while recalling memories from her childhood. Last year the drought did not produce enough for Winchester to make gooseberry pie so she didn’t get to taste her beloved gooseberry. Hopefully these two small bushed will ensure it never happens again.