I am re-posting this post from last year... and it is surprising how much behind my garden is this year from where it was last year. We have had so much rain and little sun... Seeing these pictures from about the same time last year, shows a different picture. It is interesting how things can differ from one year to the next. :)
How does my garden grow? Well, take a garden tour with me and see how it looks here in mid June....
We now have cucumber blossoms and just this morning, I am seeing tiny cucumbers - about 1/2" long. We made quite a few jars of pickles last year and hope to again.... I still have had to also buy pickles, but the jars I did put up were a help.... and we enjoyed eating the cucumbers fresh too!
Here are the carrots growing between the rows of tomatoes..... there are also onions growing in rows in the same area.
Here are the onions...... they are starting to grow quite quickly. I usually grow them for greens, but this year, I am hoping to also have some large onions to save for the winter months... we'll see how we do.
The tomatoes are growing quite fast also.... we love tomatoes. I have about 20 plants growing and they are all staked. I use strips of pantyhose to tie them up.... planning a post about that soon...... Anyway, there are 10 tomato plants in a 4' x 8' raised garden bed. Then there is a 7' long row of carrots in the middle, with 2 rows of onions (one on either side of the carrots). I usually plant marigolds at the ends which helps keep bugs away... and looks pretty. I have 2 of these beds going as we really like tomatoes and tend to eat them as fast as they ripen.... so this year, I hope to can some of them.
Green beans are here in the form of bush beans.... I don't have many plants... as something ate them and only a very few survived. There aren't enough to make a pot of green beans, so I will plan to plant more and will use these cut up into salads.
I have a few pepper plants - mostly the bell peppers, although I also have a pimento and jalapeno plant.
There are 4 beds here and the first and 3rd are the same. The second one has cucumbers, green beans, beets (which have also had the greens eaten off and are just now starting to grow).
We do have to water the gardens and I am afraid we have gotten lax about putting the hose away... As often as we have to water, it just hasn't seemed worth the trouble. :)
This is the melon and cucumber bed.... these cucumbers are my second crop and should be producing well by the time the other crop is fading out.
The red plants are amaranthus.
I have a large red clover plant spreading out in the one garden... doesn't look great, but I want to harvest it for tea, so am letting it grow. I don't have the room to allow it to take over this bed though, so will have to watch it.
We use dill in salads, casseroles, dill pickles, and more... It is a plant that I have to keep planting though, to have some fresh all summer long...
Borage and one of my lavenders.....
This is the new location of the compost containers, which I have found at garage sales and they work great-we have used them for years.
If I didn't have these, I would compost some other way... there are many ways to make compost.... and I am convinced that compost is one of the very best things for my garden... and it is FREE because we use garden trimmings, veggie scraps, leaves, grass, etc.
Here are baby's breath and garden phlox plants under the peach tree, with some blueberry bushes behind them and blackberry vines at the back.
A bit of whimsy...... :)
Our yard has a LOT of shade, so we have had to be creative in getting "full sun" plants to thrive.
No matter how much space you have.... it is possible to garden. Even if you only have a tiny little balcony like we did in our first place... and no grass/ground, you can still container plant. I love how God has made such an abundance of plant life that we can enjoy growing on our property....the variety is incredible.
Thank you for visiting my blog today and "touring" my garden. :) Have a great day!
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