Summer 2014 Gardening Season

In early spring I was not feeling so motivated to garden this year. I don't think we turned and amended the soil until mid May. And we got the first plants in some time in early June. No indoor seeding. We either bought plants at the market or nursery or we did direct sow.

So far, I'm surprised how things are coming together. I'm even doing some new things: Three Sisters method for corn with sugar pumpkins and scarlet runner beans, a bed of three different sunflowers, two different zucchinis + a volunteer, delicata squash, lettuce, and dahlias in the peppers. The usual cutting garden, carrots, beets and snap peas and a pot of lavender. I'm attracting birds and bees with flowers and bird baths.

Additionally, the fenced in garden has a a bed that surrounds the entire fence. It has become increasingly weedy and overwrought with crazy grass, blackberry and oregano-gone-wild. The concrete blocks that frame this bed have been falling over, making it more unsightly. Our plan was to tear it all out and rebuild, but my sister in-law had the bright idea to just get rid if it entirely. Why didn't we think of that?! It makes so much sense for so many reasons. So far, the boys and their cousin, have removed all the blocks and next step is getting the tractor to remove the weeds, spread the rest of the dirt on other parts of the property and spread grass seed where the bed used to be. Voila.

Other progress on the property includes blackberry removal and moving a few escallonia plants with the major help from my sister in-law. Love you, Brenda. I'm so grateful for this progress and help.

Here are some photos of the garden beds. It's actually my favorite time in the season when the plants are a little bigger than puny and I can easily weed and the tomatoes and zucchini haven't gotten away from me yet. 😉

First squash blossom.

First squash blossom.

Zucchini, lettuce and zinnias.

Zucchini, lettuce and zinnias.

Attempt at Three Sisters. I think I did it wrong. 

Attempt at Three Sisters. I think I did it wrong. 

Sunflowers - Mammoth in the back row, Moulin Rouge middle row and Italian White in front row. 

Sunflowers - Mammoth in the back row, Moulin Rouge middle row and Italian White in front row. 

Peas, carrots and lavender.

Peas, carrots and lavender.

Peas.

Peas.

Tomatoes, marigolds, onions, chives. Yes I do my tomato cages upside down to create an obelisk. 

Tomatoes, marigolds, onions, chives. Yes I do my tomato cages upside down to create an obelisk. 

Dinner plate yellow dahlia. 

Dinner plate yellow dahlia.