It’s May, but barely, and I’m still working on getting all my summer crops into the ground. In part, this has taken extra time because we’re still working on our big garden infrastructure project of the year, a few new raised beds and gravel garden paths. As you can see, at the time I took the picture above, the project is still a work in progress. In the newest bed, I’ve planted a few squash plants and a sad six-pack of corn. The corn was the last one at the store and was last for obvious reasons. I also planted a few bean seeds to make a poor man’s three sisters garden. It felt good to get this bed planted. It’s been on my list of tasks for weeks now.
Oh, one more thing about the outdoor raised bed garden. Take a look at my garlic in the upper left corner of the picture above. It is absolutely huge this year! I think I’m going to have a great crop of garlic to harvest. Yum.
Inside the greenhouse, everything is growing like crazy. I use the greenhouse for heat-loving summer crops. All my tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers are grown inside the greenhouse. I also have a few lettuce plants (slow to bolt varieties) and heat-loving herbs, such as basil and cilantro, in the greenhouse. My tomato plants are flowering and have finally taken off after a slow start as seedlings.
In the greenhouse, I also have two mini-dwarf trees, a peach and a nectarine. I thought I had killed them because I totally neglected to water them last winter. Well, a few months of spring watering later, the trees are fully leafed out and have fruit. Whew! I would have been really sad if I had destroyed these trees.
In the orchard, most of the trees have finished blossoming. In a week or two, I’ll have a good idea of what pollinated well and what didn’t. I’m pretty sure my Italian prune failed to set fruit again. If so, I think the tree will be coming out. It’s been a disappointment for at least four years and I don’t want to waste space on a tree that won’t produce. I am seeing little cherries on the cherry trees, so that’s good, and I think I’m going to have record blueberry and strawberry crops if the weather will cooperate even a little bit.
Well, back out to the garden to finish the gravel paths. Happy gardening!