Early blooms and produce another garden update

The weather here has been great!  Hot days, rain every couple of days, the plants are loving it.  There are lots of early blooms on everything. I am almost ready to harvest my first pepper.  I have probably had my first pepper come due in June before, but never this early in the month.  This guy isn’t quite ready to harvest yet, but it will be within days.

huge hungarian pepper

Not only that, look how loaded the plant is with more peppers.

pepper abundane

I am seeing a lot of stuffed Hungarian peppers in my future and it looks tasty.

Also, look at all the blooms on the tomato plants!!!

tomato blossomsAnd teeny tiny buds on the eggplants.  They are such pretty flowers, they are worth growing even if you don’t eat eggplant.

eggplant_flower_buds

The hostas are also full of buds that are ready to open.  In the past they have always bloomed around the second week of July.

Hosta buds early blooms

My Gooseberry plants are loaded with fruit.  I am hoping to have enough to make some jam.

gooseberries loaded with fruit

I have also had a chance to do some rearranging and redesign.  Remember how I am trying to create some lower maintenance in the gardens?  I planted some green and white hostas in concentric rings underneath the apple tree at the end of this garden.  They radiate out in a tight pattern from the apple tree’s trunk.  They look pretty sad right now and the pattern is hard to see, but I think it will look really cool next spring when they all fill in.  I’m going for a hosta ground cover that will help to keep the weeds down.  Fingers crossed.

hostas_formationLast, but no least, the kids are loving all the visitors that have been showing up in the gardens.  Here is this little guy that we found a few days ago.  the stump of an overgrown evergreen that I hacked apart is a nice place to hide and probably a great place to catch a buggy meal.

garden toad

Late spring beauty

Things around here are looking great.  There is so much late spring beauty to take in.  Now that the veggie garden is planted, it should fill in and look good soon.

My farmer has been coming by every couple of weeks.  Each time he plants a few more rows of corn for succession planting.  It looks so neat and tidy after a planting.  I can’t wait until the corn is about a foot tall, it is really a beautiful sight to see in the morning sun.

fresh-plowed-farm-field

The rhododendrons and azaleas are at their peak.  This fiery orange rhododendron is particularly spectacular.

firery_orange-rododendronMy favorites, the peonies are blooming along with the irises.

pink peonies bloomWe have only a few more weeks of spring.  The heat and dry weather this year make it  feel more like summer is already here.  What spring beauty have you been taking in?

 

 

Veggie garden update

Boy was Memorial Day weekend busy and productive!  I have a huge veggie garden update.

It took a bit of work over each of the three days, but we tilled and planted the veggie garden.

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Actually, it was a really slow process, but then our neighbor offered to run his tractor tiller through it, and it was done in half an hour.  Yay!  Thanks for good neighbors!

tilling-tractorWe got down the black plastic, cut holes and started planting seedlings of peppers, tomatoes, okra, basil, parsley, tomatillos and ground cherries.  I made sure to water them right away, they were thirsty.  The next day we finished the seedlings and added seeds for sow direct crops like cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, bunching onions and 7 rows of green beans.  Then I added some marigold and sunflower seeds around the edges to pretty things up.  I placed the sunflowers on the north side so that they don’t shade the garden and marigolds near the tomatoes for a companion planting and pest deterrent.  Then we watered everything in really well again.

vegetable garden planted

I got about two thirds of my flower beds mulched.  Here is a new gooseberry that I was able to transplant from that same helpful neighbors brush line.  It was ill fated otherwise and I was in the process of rooting some additional plants fro the three gooseberries that I already had.  These are larger than my rooted plants, so I will have better production a little sooner now.

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I transplanted all of this vinca to an enclosed bed in the front yard.  It hadn’t filled in the original space and was being choked out by mulch.  So I had to find a new home for it or buy more to fill in this area.  Transplanting the vinca to another bed was easier.

transplanting vincaIt will fill this small flower bed and won’t need to be mulched.  Ground cover and mulch don’t mix, people, they just don’t.

vinca transplants

It is all looking much better.  Well, it was, but then I had to disturb some of the mulch to transplant some spring bulbs.

not so freshly mulched

Check out these deck rail planters.  They are bursting with lettuce an greens.  I have been making a huge salad every night for dinner.  So yummy!

time for salad