My garden has really started to explode, thanks to the heat – can you believe it’s supposed to hit 93° here in Western Washington today? (And all of us without air conditioning say EEK.)
Here is a view of my garden right now! In the front are onions on the right, plus pumpkins trailing behind, corn, and berries.
A look at one of my mini pumpkins. I planted three bushes this year – one in my raised bed, and two in my backyard, up along the fence. Yes, I know, I know, I probably should not have planted this in my raised bed, but so far, I’m just letting the vines trail outside the box. I do get the sense that they will take over the world pretty soon… we should have lots of fall decor come October!
This would be my first go at edamame. So far, they all came up and are looking pretty happy. However, I’ve read that they are heat lovers, so I’m not sure what kind of pods I’ll get out of it. (This may be a one-time thing!) I will say, the 90+ degree weather we’ve been having can’t hurt!
Raspberries are ready! This morning I picked a huge bowl of them, and I’ve picked about 3-4 pint’s worth over the last week. Raspberries are one of those things I love, but don’t so much love paying money for in the store ($3-4 for one small container? YIKES!). I’m currently drinking some in my smoothie along with garden-grown beets, collards, kale and blackberries I picked locally (for free!) last summer. I’ve also managed to freeze a few batches for later use. Raspberries spoil quickly, so you do have to make a decision quickly about what to do with them!
Did you know you could grow black beans in your garden? Yes, you can! These black beans grow as bush beans – you just let the beans dry inside the pods. I successfully grew dry shelling beans last year and loved the fact that there’s no fancy preserving to be done when they’re ready. Just open them up, and dump them in a jar. Easy peasy. I noticed my first bean flower this morning, so I should have some pods on these pretty quickly. Anyone done these before?
This is a whole mess of stuff you’re looking at! In the front is a Roma tomato. This year I’m growing 7 Romas and 5 various heirloom tomato plants all in containers. In the box planter is a row of sunflowers, carrots, and then peas. I’ve also got zinnia, alyssum and collards in there. I think this is likely a *bit* crowded, but live and learn. I probably should just ask my husband to build me some more boxes. Or move to a farm.
Here’s a view standing from the back of my garden. Oh how I love when the garden gets “big” like this! Many of the plants are taller than my children now, so it has a “jungle” feel. To the left, you see the raspberries and mint. To the right, White Russian and Lacinato Kale plus the black beans. The box in front of that contains pink popcorn – another variety I’ve selected primarily for the fun of it this year.
Few things make me happier in the garden than spotting one of these little guys! Ladybugs are totally beneficial – they eat aphids and other garden pests. I spotted this one on my carrots and noticed another one today in the same bed, atop one of my sunflowers. That particular sunflower did have aphids at one point – guess what? Didn’t see any aphids today!
Speaking of insects: does anyone know what this is? Some sort of beetle? You can’t really tell from this photo, but it was actually mating with another one (oh my!) on a raspberry.
I also recently received my fall and winter garden seeds from Territorial Seed and will be sharing more about those plans soon.
What do you have growing in your garden right now? Any plans?
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