I’ve just plain lost track of time. Perhaps it is from being off work for a while. Or maybe it is just that it still doesn’t feel like June. I know. I complained about it last year too. I guess I should get over it and accept that a) I live in Seattle, b) climate change means gardening is changing and c) I will likely never have tomatoes like I did 3 years ago.
But we have strawberries.
Strawberries. Luscious, ripe and juicy. Last year's obstacle: get the Babylady to stop picking the green ones. This year's challenge: pick some ripe berries before she does.
I would grow onions and alliums even if I didn't eat them. I like they way they look. The blue flowers in the background are borage.
Before we go on I need to remind you that winter/spring was pretty crappy around here. My dad got suddenly ill and I was a wreck. My mind was most definitely not on the garden and the planting was puzzling at best. I forgot to plant kale. I planted cauliflower as if it were a space efficient veggie to grow in the northwest (which it is not). I forgot to water tomato starts. I planted some things really late. Others too early. I took incredibly detailed (and random) notes followed by a lot of planting without labeling or any note-taking.
The question every year: Will there be peppers? It seems we'll get at least a few this year. I bought pepper starts this year because I forgot to start the seeds. Or I should say, I did start them. But not in a manner one would if they actually intended them to grow.
Cabbage. I planted a lot of cabbage this year. Apparently my indoor seed starting was heavy on the Brassicas. Or very heavy on some of them (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli) and forgetful of others (kale).
Oh sad, sad, sad little June peas. Your cute. But it is June. And the Babylady is already trying to pick you. So speed it up.
Lots of fruit set even though I moved it this spring! Yay! I love the apples on this tree-sweet and crisp!
I also planted carrots. Everywhere. More carrots than I've ever planted. I am guessing that the days I planted carrots were the days I chose to take notes. And apparently I planted a shit ton of carrots. I'm almost glad they didn't all germinate or I wouldn't have space for anything else. Just a giant carrot crop.
Lovage, asparagus, a new plum, berries, apples, rhubarb. Flowers. It is a hot mess in there. And that is just in the front area.
Yep, it is really in there! Hi rhubarb!
Looking the other way. Ok, this was again- the time of a Bad Head Space. I tossed a bunch (think multiple packets...) of perennial flowers for bees and butterflies in the bed. I planted new berries on the right side (2 tayberries, a marionberry and a boysenberry). In the front are 2 columnar apples. In the back is a new Italian plum. The left edge has onions. The middle also has rhubarb. The front has strawberries. I really have no idea how it is going to work out other than a flowery, fruity, edible, buzzed and birded up jungle. I'm ok with that.
Need further evidence of my scattered approach to 2011 spring garden planning? This is the adjacent bed. Loaded on the far end...pretty empty in the middle. Anyway- that is another plum at the end there surrounded by strawberries, herbs (oregano, thyme, chives) and lavender. Cabbage and carrots nearby. I'm filling up that empty spot with cucumbers. And I *think* some zucchini. I honestly can't remember and then the chickens escaped and scratched a lot of it out anyway. So we'll see what pops up after I re-seeded!
That plum tree has produced our first plum! It is a Hollywood Plum.
The Blueberries are coming! I can't wait! I love, love, love blueberries.
Woot! Lucky Ladybug on the Honeycrisp apple tree!
Little honeycrisp apple... and aphids. ARGH. Hence, the influx of ladybugs.
And another ladybug. I counted 8 just in that section. I guess that is good. The ladybugs will work on those aphids. But still...Boo.
pretty columbine flowers by the patio
Happy bee in the bachelor buttons. Isn't that bee amazing?!
That is it for June Mid-Month Meanderings!
We’ll be on the West Seattle Edible Garden Tour again July 9th so hope for some sun and heat to get summer crops going. And stay tuned for more details about the tour!