Such a busy week, I finally took photos on the 1st, and then have not had time, sitting down, to get them up!
Are we doing things differently, Yes! We cut back on the quantity of tomatoes, because my canning pantry is still full from our last two years. We also cut back on zucchini and yellow summer squash for the same reason. We will have plenty of fresh produce, just not for mass canning.
The first plants to pop out are herbs.
This is the second year for a new Sage plant (middle) and it's doing well. I have another new Sage to the left, with Parsley, lower right is Marjoram, which is lovely with chicken and pork. The other bits of green are sedums. Last year I bought a square foot of small sedums, and sprinkled bits of them in lots of empty places. And they came back! YAY!
The marker on the left is Cilantro from seed which is doing nothing. Every year I plant herb seeds in the greenhouse and they just don't make it when transplanted. So I'm giving up!
On the front porch I have pots with Parsley, Basil and Rosemary, Cherry Tomatoes and flowers.
One of the first plants to appear in the garden are the Chives, which can really go wild. I keep a container on the porch and have three spots in the garden that always have Chives.
I'm excited above the herbs and the trough pond is my climbing rose---which if you can see the buds will be a massive display. We have five birdhouses on this trellis, and they seem to all have noisy, scolding, sparrows, and I think some wild canaries in one.
I spent an entire day, clearing the 5' easement behind the greenhouse and this trellis and used the weed fabric and three big bags of mulch back there, so the rose will no longer be attacked by weeds.
I'd love to say I'm growing Spearmint---but it's invasive and I have been pulling it out for thirty-eight years. The two Rhubarbs are doing well, I did a large cutting on Monday. And, we will have dessert this weekend. I did put a Moon Pumpkin started in the greenhouse in between the two Rhubarbs. Cross your fingers we get a nice big Pumpkin.
In the vegetable garden on the left are pots with Carnival and Green Peppers, next is Kohlrabi I grew in the greenhouse, then Spinach, then Fordhook Chard, and Ruby Chard, far right are 6 Broccoli plants. This area gets some shade in the afternoon, so I put the cooler loving plants here.
Our vegetable garden is roughly 20x 28' and we use cloth to cover the ground and then plant afterward. It works for us---and keeps the weeds at bay. We don't put mulch on it, and it's removed and reused for usually three years.
And, We leave lots of space in the garden for stumbling around, lol. On the railings I grow Nasturtiums, the bees love them, radishes, green onions, lettuces.
On our trellis in the middle, I have beans on each side this year. They are doing well, and the birds didn't get all the seeds this year. I really consciously rotate crops.
Winter Squash, small Pumpkins and Gourds are along the east side. These hopefully will all be trained up the walls, and I planted lots of sunflowers along here also.
Three north side trellis' have cucumbers, three varieties, that will be trained to go up. We have been amending the soil on this end of the garden which was all clay and rock. It looked really good this Spring after Hubby tilled in all our raked leaves and peat moss. We did that last fall also.
In between the trellis' are suflowers, hopefully not fifteen feet tall. I always try to mix flowers in my garden for the pollinators. We have twelve tomato plants with cages this year.
A few Zucchini a couple of Summer Yellow Squash. I'm using extra tomato cages as hose protection.
A few extra plants, Green peppers, and some extra Cherry Tomatoes. This is where the sandbox was the Grand grew out of. We are using paver base now with some future plans for this area. So many projects, so little time.
Not shown, we are doing red potatoes in a garbage can, where you add soil as it grows. We will see how that works.
Gardening is not all vegetables, a new trellis for the Clematis, and despite digging out half the DayLilies...they are super full again this year.
I'll show the shady areas next week after I plant some Coleus I started from seed and some new Caladiums.
In our entertaining areas, I have pots, some filled with Mint for Bee protection, (I'm allergic) and others with Lemon Grass for the mosquitos.
Flowers from our greenhouse include: 4 O'Clocks, Marigolds, Bachelor Buttons, Alyssum, Nasturtiums, Forget Me Nots, and I planted lots of Zinnias and Sunflowers and some taller Marigolds. These are all around the yard and in garden areas in the ground and in pots.
On the East side of the house are Perennials, Holly Hocks(only a few this year) some must have froze out. I have planted a tray of seeded starts from the greenhouse and also seeds in the ground, so next year will be again full of Holly Hocks! (Bi-ennials)
The old yellow chair was retired(disintegrated) and is replaced for now with a light orange pot full of flowers and grass. Our Peonies are delayed from the late spring and just starting to bloom this week.
Along the east fence are lots of winter Squashes planted to climb the fencing.
I have placed my Hot Pepper pots here, far from the garden and the other peppers. It's always a surprise when a nice bell pepper, slightly misshaped turns out to be hot from cross pollinating.
We also have Japanese Eggplants and Dill on this side. (no photo)
The first Peony bloom ....YAY!
Happy Midwest Gardening, more next week as I finish up the rest of the yard, slowly!
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