How Does Your Garden Grow?

This weekend the weather has turned from spring to summer.  At last check, the temperature was 85 outside and too hot to work in the sun more than 30 minutes or so at a time.  Not sure if I should be worried that I haven’t quite got the garden beds ready to plant, or be leary of the warmth, as it usually doesn’t stay warm until late May/early June. For now I’m going to just enjoy the sunshine and share pics of my progress in the garden so far.

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Rosemary, thyme, and oregano.  Third year in a row it’s come back although the rosemary is getting crowded out by the thyme. DSCN0867New garden bed! This will be where the squashes go! DSCN0861

Spring bulbs fading, summer bulbs going strong in the backyard. DSCN0854

Swiss chard and romaine lettuce. DSCN0855

Trying the potato bags again this year, but if they perform like they did last year I’m going to bag whole idea (pun intended!) and just plant them in the ground.DSCN0856

Artichokes. DSCN0857

I had no idea rhubarb flowered on such giant stalks.  These are 6 and 8 feet tall! DSCN0853

Peas and trellis.  Pole beans will replace the peas and cover the trellis. DSCN0852

Close-up of peas. DSCN0851

Strawberry blossoms and one onion coming back 3 years after I tried growing them there.  The strawberries have taken over the whole bed now!  I can’t wait to make jam! DSCN0850

The berry bed-raspberries and strawberries. DSCN0843

The raised herb garden.  Chives, thyme, sage, parsley, and garlic. DSCN0859

“Angel Face” rose bloom-planted in memory of my late cat, Lizzie.

The Garden 2013: Before

I’m starting to believe that groundhog knew what he was talking when he predicted an early spring.  After gaining an hour of daylight this weekend, spring fever is building.  Sunday  I planted daffodil and tulip starts (I meant to plant bulbs a long time ago, but that didn’t happen as planned).  The next thing on my garden to-do list is to prep the raised beds.  I have 3 total—1 big one (10’x15’) for veggies,

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1 small one (10’x4’) for strawberries and raspberries,

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and a medium one (6’x8’) for perennial veggies (currently asparagus, artichoke, and rhubarb). 

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Only the small one was present when we moved in and over the course of 3 years I (and the hubby) put in the other two. 

I’ve been neurotically checking the perennial bed to check on the rhubarb and asparagus and although there is no activity on the asparagus front, the rhubarb is starting to peek out through the leaf layer.

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 I can’t wait to taste it!  I’m already envisioning strawberry/rhubarb jam and pie.  Also, witch’s hair, which is what my mom called a brew she made us when we were kids.  It is just rhubarb and sugar simmered on the stovetop in a saucepan.  The rhubarb breaks down into almost an applesauce consistency (but a bit stringy-hence the hair name), and is sweet and tart from the rhubarb and sugar.  Mom would serve us warm bowls of the stuff after Grandma harvested some rhubarb.  

I need to get started on the cool weather crops like peas.  Karl, my dachshund, loves peas and has already started to poke around the garden looking to harvest.  So far he has contented himself with grazing on the new grass and rolling in the worms and other slimy creatures he finds in the sunny lawn.  Do your 4-legged friends “help” in the garden?

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