Here we are just before Easter. Today is April 18th, and the garden is growing up nicely. I love having so much more room than last year!!!
From this angle, you can see all of the raised beds we put in this year. That's the Fuzzy Digger, in the foreground. Even though that fence is only about 2 feet tall, she doesn't seem to have any interest in going in there. This garden runs the width of my yard. On one side is concrete, on the other side is fence, but it only takes up about 1/5 of the grass area, so there's still plenty of room for the kids to run, for the pool, and for the doggles to bound and play. I think it's not too bad for a city yard.
Here's a closer look at some of the stuff growing in there:
Oooh, isn't this exciting? It's an empty bed!!!! Ha ha... if you look closely, you can see that there are some little baby sproutlings in there. They are cantaloupe seedlings. I'm pretty excited about trying to grow cantaloupe. The research I've done said they need lots of sun and heat. Well, if there's anything that I can guarantee they'll get, it's sun and heat. The Inland Empire is great for that.
This bed has several different onion varieties, and lots of beans. I have the bean rows planted in 3's, but once I see which ones are strongest, I'll have to break down and thin them out. I might be able to squeeze two in each row, but definitely not three. They'll just be too crowded, and competing for space and water.
I had a lot of luck with beans, last year. (See my post on Fridge Dilly Beans here) I had about eight plants last year and once we got to July and August, I was pulling about a half pound of beans a week. I'm hoping that I'll be able to double or triple that this year. I'm going to make lots of dilly beans, and also stock up the chest freezer. What chest freezer, you ask? The one I'm hoping to buy very, very soon. I'll have to lean on The Guy a little for that....
Here are some close up views that I thought were totally nifty. (Yep, I said nifty!)
Lookie, lookie!!! That's my first "Lady of Shalott" David Austin Rose of the year. It's this lovely salmon color on the front of the petal, and the back is yellow. And the smell.... oh man, it's so fragrant it could just knock you over. Love, love, love!!! I think I might go pick out another one for Mother's Day this year.
I was so frustrated with my blackberry bushes last year. They. Did. Nothing. I got thousands of flowers, and no fruit. Hopefully they will perk up and produce much more this year. The strawberries have been producing lots of fruit this year, so hopefully these guys will follow suit.
Cucumbers. Didn't I say I wasn't going to grow cucumbers again? Yeah, I did. I lost them to powdery mildew last year and I was so frustrated. But I am a determined gardener. I'm not going to give up. I'm also going to try to stay ahead of it, because I know it's coming!!!
This is a new plant for me. I've never grown it, but I love to eat it!!! OKRA!! Roll it in cornmeal and pan fry it... yum! Add it to soups and stews and it's oh so yummy. I planted about 20 seeds in this pot, after soaking them all night, as directed, an only this one little sprout came up. It's okay though, it only takes one!!! I'm going to be keeping my eye on this one. I'm very excited.
Canning is definitely on my agenda this year. Real canning.
Wish me luck. I'm hoping to find someone at church who can help me learn. Yes, I can learn from a book, but I'd much rather have a teacher.
Well, that's the update and garden tour for today. Stay tuned.
Green Thumb Out.
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