Friday, June 29, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Plus, in addition to all of other things I usually need to worry about tomatoes, the heat is causing my tomato blosoms to drop:
The cucumber beetles have arrived. (This guy was smooshed right after this photo was taken.)
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Last but not least, good ol' purple cone flower, fronted by Agastache (I think raspberry summer).
Okay, I obviously like bright pink--there is even more in the form of Monarda, Achillea, and Veronica. I had more orange Agastache (Apache Sunset), but those did not survive the a late winter freeze in my poorly drained soil. Butterfly weed is providing the pops of orange for now, but some whites, purples, and blues round out the pink.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The lemon and bush buttercup squash and okra (first bed at left) and cucumbers (first bed at right) are off to a slow start. I was having so much success with the spring garden (finally, kale!), I let things linger longer than I should have, and it probably had a detrimental effect on my summer seedlings. I'm sure they will bounce back the rest of the long hot summer.
Next, we have black eyed peas and a string trellis ready for their vines. (In the center are flowering cilantro and parsley plus spinach setting seed).
In the top tier are basil and borage.
More okra (more cages) fills out this bed to the left.
I had never heard of pinching flowers off pepper plants before, but I'm trying it with my small sweet pepper plants, since I've never had success with those. The idea is to make the plant grow large and strong before it begins setting fruit.
There's a nice little chive and sorrel patch back there, too.
That's the state of things as summer gets into swing. Before I know it, I'll be knee deep in tomatoes, squash, and okra, so I'll try to enjoy the lull. It will be time to sow fall seeds before I know it.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
When my lax trellising and hungry birds resulted in broken raspberry branches, I placed them in a vase. I figured they would be pretty even if they did not ripen, but it worked! The bonus is these won't be devoured by the birds. The variety, "royalty," is delicious. It is spreading rapidly this year, so I should get many more berries next summer, but I'll have to figure out a support system that keeps out the birds.