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Starting to grow - not much areas with dirt in our back yard. Hubby has lot's of pots around too. I will take a picture of another area as soon as the squash starts growing a bit more. The strings across that look like an M - is for the string beans (skinny long ones) to grow on. The picture shows tomato plants, parsley, onions and fig tree I believe. We have cucumbers and eggplants too around the yard and moving along the fence more (three fig trees total).
AnnaS. . .a fig tree. How nice. I love figs. I fell in love with them while visiting DD in Italy. Our climate is just on the edge of being able to grow them. We have a "Chicago" variety in the church garden planted in my son's memory. We have insulated it in the winters with bags of leaves and peat moss. The garden saying of "the first year it sleeps, the second it creeps and the third it leaps" is holding true as this is the third year and it has nice new growth.
Panina you are so fortunate with the long growing season. I just planted tomatoes, peppers and eggplants in the church garden today.
Here's some vignettes of this week in the gardens. . .
First, this is my "Floating Cloud Japanese maple". The garden team who installed my pond laughed at it when I brought it home from the nursery. It was on the super sale lot and they thought it was sad looking. Now it's between 15-20'.
Next, this clematis opened this week. Love it!
This Geum makes me smile as it welcomes me into the "Potager" with it's bright orange. Sadly, it's season of bloom is almost finished.
Yesterday was a busy day planting up pots.
These delicate little blue flowers with their butter yellow centers seem to be laughing out loud with happiness
Today at the church garden we began filling this metal garden bed. I had no idea we'd get so much done. I got to plant the filled sections with the nightshades; tomatoes, peppers, eggplants. A woman came up to help in the garden and she is now on compost duty. I set her up in the shade of the umbrella to chop up straw seedlings into that children's pool (the only thing I had available at the moment). I learned to cut up bits that go into the compost so it decomposes faster. It's early in our season and still looks rough. Soon we will have more of it cleaned up and the self sown flowers will be blooming. I'm so excited to get the raised beds installed.
This is an Egyptian walking onion
Borage, cornflower and Johnny Jump Ups seed freely around the garden
Yesterday I plucked a tomato from the vine, warm in the sun, sliced it up onto a whole wheat tortilla spread with hummus, then topped with fresh arugula and curly lettuce leaves also immediately harvested.
I posted pictures of the wild geranium, poppies and bleeding hearts earlier this Spring. They turn the backyard into a Spring wonderland coming alive after the winter. Especially when the winter seems endless, like this year. But when their season is over they go to seed and look weedy. So I cut and pull to get ready for the next phase. It took a couple days to clean this "ditch" that carries the rain runoff around the house. The black walnuts are now leafed out so we have a green canopy.
You can see I still haven't gotten around to putting out the hammock. Maybe today.
We finally got some rain last night. Really needed it. I've been watering the garden at church everyday.
This week in my potager things are much fuller. For a while I'll get to enjoy the combo of the Astilbe with the red rose.
Here's my veggie trio. First pot is basil, onion, sorrel and mint. Next is a tomato surrounded by parsley. Pole beans in the one on the right.
While we intended the potager to be a veggie garden when it was installed, and it's even on the south side of the house, surrounding trees keep it from getting enough continued sun. So I have put pots in places where the sun is the hottest.
I need a jealous emoji for all the posts from warmer climates and longer seasons.
Here's part of my week in the gardens.
At home I've been running out in the early morning to tame the potager. It's take several days. One day weed whip, next day rake and touch up mulch, spread some compost and manure. Then I keep on DH to spray neem oil because four line bugs are making a mess. Today I asked him to spray garlic because the mosquitoes were swarming at 7 a.m.
Finally got the hammock installed. A friend was over and got to enjoy it while I'm teaching her daughter to sew/quilt.
The church garden is finally coming into it's glory. Sunflowers sow freely in the "pollinator meadow". Our new containers are looking good. A few beets look ready to harvest. Blackberry bushes will need row cover soon to keep off the pesky birds. The fig is showing the beginnings of fruit. These are from this morning.