Garden Update

We harvested our first tomatoes and they were beauties! We like to give away the first picking of our produce as a “first fruits” offering so Jay took them to a friend. Unfortunately he did it so quickly that I didn’t get a picture to show you.

I had been a little worried about the tomatoes due to the incredible amount of rain we had early in the season. Tomatoes don’t like wet feet and I wondered how they’d do, but the abundance of green tomatoes on the plants appear to be about to give us a bumper crop. I’m so thankful since our tomatoes haven’t amounted to much for the past couple of years.

Fresh-from-the-garden celery smells and tastes amazing!

Fresh-from-the-garden celery smells and tastes amazing!

The “junk garden” is giving me lots of celery, so much so that I took some to our neighbor. She kept declaring how wonderful it smelled. Garden celery is indeed more fragrant than the store-bought stuff (no shock there) and I think it tastes so much better. I cut up several stalks, made a batch of homemade ranch dressing, and munched away. Yummy!

I purchased this salvia plant from the home improvement center clearance rack in May. It was $1.00 well spent!

I purchased this salvia plant from the home improvement center clearance rack in May. It was $1 well spent!

Jay & I got tired of mulching our front flower bed and incessantly pulling weeds (still a battle, by the way) so back in May I searched the clearance racks at the local home improvement center for plants to fill the space. We’re going for a full, lush, can’t-see-dirt, choke-the-weeds look. I found dozens of $1.00 plants that were past the prime of their first bloom but were perennials that I knew would come back every year. I loaded up and am loving the benefits now. The new flowers have taken off and are rapidly filling the space, which at least disguises the weeds until we can pull them!

The black-eyed susans came up volunteer but I love having them!

The Black-eyed Susans came up volunteer but I love having them!

I also had some Black-eyed Susans come up volunteer, perhaps having blown over from a neighbor’s yard. I moved them early in the season to get them where I wanted them and they appear to be trying to take over the world. It looks like a couple of them are conspiring with my butterfly bush to dominate the end of the flower bed by the driveway. The purple and yellow blossoms are very pretty all mingled together but I’m going to have to do some pruning if we want to continue to go in and out of our front door.

It’s so nice to have lots of good garden news to report this time! I hope your garden is doing well for you, no matter if you have a huge garden like my aunt and my sister, a few raised beds like mine, or a couple of containers on the patio or balcony like some of my friends. Please comment with your garden update, even if that means a successful trip to your local farmers’ market!

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5 responses to “Garden Update

  1. I did try growing celery from the base successfully but I found it too bitter. So I’ve been sticking with the store bought. Watch for blossom end rot on your tomatoes, an unfortunate side effect of abundant water.

    I like the purple and yellow of the flowers together.

    My garden….I guess it could be in the huge category as we try to grow everything we need and to preserve for the year. We grow peas, lettuces, red radish and horseradish, scallions, red onion, yellow onion, garlic, green and wax beans, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, tomato, carrots, parsley, cilantro, chives, mint, rosemary, basil, raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, rhubarb, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, rutabaga, acorn and butternut squash, 3 kinds apples, sugar peas, kale, chard, hot and banana and bell peppers, pumpkins and ornamental gourds , potatoes, red currants and concord grapes. I think that is all. We have wild blackberries on the property and hazelnuts, black walnuts and hickory nuts . My husband grew up with large garden and as children they were working in at early age. My oldest girl lives next door on the property and the youngest is still at home. They do a lot of the work and Eliana is working on getting it to be a 4 seasons garden.

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      • THank you! I realized I forgot beets and cantaloupe. Also we planted 2 cold tolerant dwarf peach trees last fall, so we are waiting a couple more years to see fruit. We get plums and pears from others, usually in trade for something of ours. Some things I do order…I grow cucumbers for daily eating but for canning I order cukes from a neighbor so I get the amount and sizes I want all at one time. I have to order blueberries from Michigan, though I just read about cold tolerant blueberry bushes last week. I buy lots of sweet potatoes at the Thanksgiving sales as we don’t grow those but want them for over the cold months. We grow sweet green peas but can never grow enough to last the year so those I have to stock up on when ever they have frozen food sales at the store. We have a root cellar so we are able to store things like apples long term, onions, potatoes, carrots etc. All kinds of root vegetables.

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