Thursday, June 27, 2013

Puttering Around the Potager

So far this season has been wonderful! I don't want to jinx anything, but we've had enough rain, enough sun, and despite the late start in planting, everything looks amazing. A far cry from last year's vegetable garden.
Everything is growing green and full and fast! I still need to relocate the lavender...


Here comes the okra! I planted two rows of Clemson Spineless...


And one row of Burgundy. 
I planted far too much summer squash in a small space. However, if the sunflowers grow a little faster they will be able to scramble towards the back of the bed, since the peas will be done by the time the squash gets a creepin'.
Spent most of one hot afternoon weeding. I have this quadrant of the back section left to tackle. Hello thistle! The experimental (to me) system for growing the tomatoes is working great! 
We even had a pretty good wind test a couple of times this week. I added several more rows of twine and attached all of the wayward branches. There are a ton of tomatoes coming!

So exciting!

I've been very diligent with removing the suckers from between leaves and the main stems. The suckers just take away energy and will not produce fruit. It also helps keep the plants thinned out a bit, so sun has an easier time ripening the fruit!

I really cannot wait!

Only one banana pepper plant this year.

Sugar snap peas in their pods.
These 'Casablanca' lilies tucked in with the asparagus will help draw pollinators to the garden, which will then, hopefully, increase our harvest. That is, until I can't help myself and I cut them to bring home.

These are 'Scheherazade', a type of Orienpet hybrid lily that will, once mature, grow to 8' tall! The Vegetable Garden is also taking on some cutting flowers, as the Cutting Garden is becoming solely a Berry Patch. Several rows of zinnia and some statice have already been planted, and we put in quite a lot of sunflowers.