In addition to basil and lettuce (as discussed in the pesto post yesterday), we’ve been having a pretty good year in regards to the garden.
Particularly since renovating and school and life haven’t really given us much time to work in the garden. Weeds are a fact of life this year. There’s something humbling about realizing that gardening is just a natural things that may not need much of us.
At our current house, we have a small garden with strawberries, tomatoes, peppers and radishes. We also have a few herbs on the deck.
The tomatoes are going gangbusters this year, which is awesome since we’ve never had a great crop of tomatoes (outside of the cherry variety).
The strawberries were a bit disappointing this year. Last year, we had so many that we had to freeze bags full of them. This year, we only had a few total. We’ve read that the problem could be keeping them in the same place every year. Any tips?
And, for the first time, our raspberry bush is bearing fruit. And they are the most delicious raspberries we’ve ever tasted.
They would have likely given us some raspberries last year, had I not thought it was a huge weed and ripped it out of the garden last summer before it ripened.
Garden master over here.
At our new house, we planted a larger garden and it’s also doing well. I was a little nervous about it because I didn’t know if it got enough sunshine. There are lots of huge shade trees at our new house. But, it seems to get plenty of sunlight and the plants are actually getting bigger than the ones in full sun at our current home.
The tomato plants are gigantic. I planted 6 of them, so I hope we get lots of great tomatoes for salads and sauces and canning. The peppers and eggplants are also thriving.
I also planted a lot of salad greens, which have been delightful with dinner.
The other surprise was how great the herbs have been doing – especially basil, cilantro and dill. I’ve always planted them in boxes and I was pleasantly surprised at how well they like the “real ground.” I also started a seed from lemon balm and mint (both of which I love the fragrance) and they are taking over. I’ve been trying to watch them closely so they don’t take over the garden.
Ryan’s corn and potatoes are doing really well. But the onions didn’t seem to survive a summer wind storm. Bummer.
The only other negatives were cucumbers and squash. I planted them along the fence, but it seems that another vining plant has taken over. I’m not sure what they are, but they don’t appear to be cucumber or squash. I’ll really miss those this year. Fresh cucumbers are the best.
How is your garden growing?