Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It's a good time to have a garden...

I've been at home with a sinus infection the last few days and took a few pictures during the few times I went outside to get some fresh air. All the plants are really starting to take off and my garden has transformed into an oasis of green! It's a great place to read a book, putter around, or just sit and enjoy the birds singing. I recently put up a few hummingbird feeders, but the hummingbird at my house still prefers the red cape fuschia... My sweet peas are starting to bloom: As are my pole beans. I've already got one small harvest from my bush beans. The garlic is starting to dry out and flop over. Harvest time should be around late July. The thyme and basil seeds I planted in this hanging basket are doing well... Here is a "cycle-up" project I've been working on: vertical gardening in plastic bottles. So far, it's worked really well for shallow-rooting plants like salad, radishes, onions, and herbs. My strawberries are going to town, too! This is the first full growing year for the strawberry pyramid and it's evident that the plants are better established. The berries are bigger and better this year! I also finally created a support for the loganberry and thornless blackberry canes. With more support, they won't be climbing onto the patio and tripping innocent bystanders. My potatoes in back are growing pretty well; I think these are Yukon Golds.