I have been working in the garden since my last post, but I keep forgetting to take the camera. Today I went to harvest lettuce, and remembered.
My visits to other blogs have not been very regular–for which I apologize. I miss you all when I am not checking out your posts, but alas, sometimes I just don’t get over to the virtual front porch.
My garden is completely planted now. There is one surviving okra plant (now sheltered from the rabbit by chicken wire), eggplants, pepper plants, various kinds of zucchini, three kinds of tomatoes (San Marzano, Brandywine, and Celebrity), basil, parsley, cucumbers, lettuces, pole beans, and flowers. There are also two kinds of kale and some chard (silver beet to those of you in the UK and NZ–thanks to Bruce for the correction).
Flowers have been coming along nicely and I have had my first bouquet from the garden this week.
I have been transplanting zinnias out to the sidewalk border and have inter-planted my eggplants with marigolds, hoping to ward off flea beetles. I think the rabbits are eating some of the marigolds, though. I planted more this week just to see whether the depredation will continue. I would rather rabbits eat the marigolds than flea beetles eat the eggplant leaves!
The large outside garden is full of larkspur, which have started to bloom. I also planted winter squash in there and those have come up. The blackberries are coming along marvelously, loaded with berries and sprouting out branches. The blueberry bushes may require a better clearing or transplanting as there is too much vegetation around them. I’ll think on that.
The asparagus I planted earlier has finally sprouted up, which makes me feel better. So it may be that in a couple years, there will be a nice berry, asparagus and flower garden going out there. Right now it’s a bit jungle-like, but once the larkspur go, it will thin a bit.
The garlic have shot out their scapes, so I will cut those soon and wait for the garlic to mature. Garlic, basil and tomatoes are in my future, I hope. Mother nature and my own diligence will help things along, I hope.