It’s been awhile since I did a garden update post and a Weekend Cooking post, so I thought I’d combine the two.
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May was an incredibly busy month work-wise, so I wasn’t as attentive to the garden as I should have been, and it shows with all the weeds in the pea patch and the fact that the asparagus bed has turned into the asparagus forest. (It’s gone to all fern and the season isn’t even over yet. My bad.)
|Asparagus bed gone wild.|
I’ve already decided that if this is going to remain a vegetable garden, next year I’m converting everything except for the asparagus into all raised beds and using the Square Foot Gardening system. I can already tell I’m wasting a lot of space in my haphazard approach.
But, right now, my goal is to produce something edible from my efforts. Anything. Just one thing will do. ‘Cause right now, I’m kind of feeling overwhelmed … and the season has barely started.
Here’s where we’re at:
We got a late start on the peas, having planted these on April 30. (We moved into this house on April 2.)
|June 2 (ignore the weeds)|
We inherited five blueberry bushes in the backyard when we purchased this house. I have no idea how to take care of blueberry bushes and I haven’t done anything to them. I only just discovered that there were berries last weekend.
And now they are starting to turn color! I think they are going to be gorgeous. At least, I hope so. I was worried about these with some of our late frosts.
I just planted this bed this evening. This is a starter plant (Bonnie’s); the rest are High Mowing Organic Seeds Marketmore 76 Cucumbers.
(You can see the blueberry bushes in the background of this photo below.)
I decided to do my herb garden in containers, and I set my herb garden pots on the edge of the patio. I may move them. We have parsley, cilantro, sweet basil, two kinds of oregano, and cat grass. (The latter is Betty’s choice.) All of these are from Burpee’s Fordhook Collection.
Along with the containers above, I have two pots of Burpee’s Super Sweet 100 Hybrid Tomatoes, which look like cherry tomatoes. If I need to transplant them to something larger, I will. In addition, we have several plants that I’ve started from seed.
I’m excited to see how our tomatoes do. Of all the crops, they’re the ones I feel the most invested in. I guess because I’ve “raised them” from seed. I guess that’s always the case. I haven’t really done this the normal way. We started the seeds indoors on April 29 and saw our first sprout on May 5. I started keeping them on our covered deck at that point.
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