Monday, June 29, 2009

Garden, Part 1.


If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
-Vincent Van Gogh

I feel like I'm so behind on garden posts! I take so many pictures - I love seeing the minute changes early followed by the crazy burst of growth that comes with the heat. The garden is becoming a living jungle. We haven't had much rain, so I am spending a bit of time out watering as well as weeding, checking, picking, and succession planting. It really is beautiful.


I love taking photos not only because it is beautiful, but also to remember next year when planning, planting, and re-thinking of what worked and what didn't. Since I expand the beds each year, and I work mostly with landscape plantings (limited "bed" space), it is important to remember where everything is to help with rotating...and realizing when things just don't do so well together, or noting areas where there is now more or less sun, and where I need to make changes.


Right now I am loving it - there is so much more being grown in our tiny yard this year. Wonderberries, ground cherries, currants, raspberries, strawberries - so much wondrous fruit. The golden raspberries are just starting to ripen - but they never make it in the house and are eaten right off the cane. The strawberries are about done and the wonderberries are just starting to turn purple.


We tied twine from stakes in the ground up through our gazebo frame to give ourselves 10' of vertical space to grow pole and runner beans - and it is working great.


I did the same with the rain barrel - planting flowers and vining flowers and beans to grow up twine staked from ground to the top. Soon the rain barrel will be a blooming masterpiece. I'm loving the beds we added this spring - nice to have some hotter/sunnier spots dedicated to beans, strawberries, peppers, flowers, tomatillos and more.


Even our front and back porches are full - in back we're growing many types of herbs in pots as well as several tomato and pepper plants. In front we have grow bags of potatoes, hanging tomato planters, pots of herbs, peppers, tomatoes, and flowers. It is all growing so beautifully!


We have been enjoying a TON of greens and spring veggies - lettuces, arugula, mustard, chives, radishes, herbs, kohlrabi and peas. As those finish off, the tomatoes and peppers are showing off their bounty to come - can't wait for those to ripen over the next month or so. We can tell we are at the cusp of the summer harvest - I'm ready with my dehydrator, canning equipment, and seeds for more!

16 comments:

christine said...

Was wondering if you can tell me what the plant is in the photo with the little purple berries/fruit?

thanks
christine

nettlejuice said...

Excellent!
I love the quote, it is so true.
And I love garden (and wild plant) architecture.

Stephanie said...

It sounds like it's so lush and lovely!
I'm a bit depressed about the snails this year.
Have eaten up my cukes. :/

I'll keep hoping!

denise said...

Stephanie - Oh no! Crunch up some egg shells and sprinkle them in a circle around your cukes (are they trellised or on ground?)...

Christine - Wonderberries! They are used when ripe to make jams and preserves. We have 7 bushes this year!

Tara said...

Take some of our rain.. please!

Your bountiful garden is a delight to behold... so many beautiful things ripening....

Our hopes for our first garden are dashed.... many backyard gardens have been abandoned here until the rain stops, everything is just rotting :(

Lisa said...

Your garden looks great! Makes me hungry! Hope you are well!

Michelle said...

Wow, everything looks so good. Great idea to document with pictures.

Sarah said...

Your photos are beautifully done. What a great way to add to your garden record.

Pampered Mom said...

I had never heard for wonderberries before. Love the photos!

Janell said...

You have a beautiful garden. Im about to move into an apartment with a little bit of a yard so Ill finally beable to have some potted plants. It will be my first time planting anything so im hoping I can keep everything alive hahaha.

Dawn said...

Beautiful! I bet your boys never even have to ask for snacks anymore...they can just go and eat out of the garden. ;) I think that next year, I'll be trying to take advantage of more vertical space as well as taking out more grass.

TheOrganicSister said...

it looks so yummy! how is it my tomatoes look the same as yours? everything seems slow growing in our yard. hope you'll share some "overview" pictures so i can scope out the whole arrangement!

~tara

denise said...

Tara - Definitely! I have been taking pictures at about the same spots every few weeks and plan to post then/now of yard & beds! :)

Sam said...

Unbelievable bounty in your yard. The photos are wonderful, I can almost taste the vegetables.

Sam said...

BTW, I love your idea of having vine type plants growing up the rain barrels. I'd love to see photos of the them!

steph said...

see? you work that magic on a small space! I'm so inspired!! It's lovely.

I am failing with the cucumbers. The chickens trampled them and I just don't know what to do! I think a summer without cucumbers is less fresh (I guess I should have planted more and in different locations, then!).