My vegetables and herbs are growing like crazy! We’ve had streaks of unusually hot weather (80-90°) punctuated by periods of relatively cooler weather (60-70°) here in Southeastern PA and it appears that my plants enjoy this every-changing variety of temperatures. All of them have at least doubled in size in the last few weeks and several are already flowering or growing vegetables.
As of today the following plants are growing in my garden:
- Jalapeño Pepper (planted in Spring 2011 and moved to a container for winter; several peppers ripening)
- Garlic (planted last fall; scapes appearing)
- Spinach (March; harvested)
- Beans (March; transplanted and currently growing “real” green beans!)
- Chives (April; in mixed container)
- Marjoram (April; in mixed container)
- Mint (April; 2 varieties in container)
- Cherry Tomatoes (May; 2 staked in containers and flowering)
- Tomatoes (May; 2 varieties in upside-down hanging containers and flowering)
- Parsley (May; planted in one hanging tomato container)
- Thyme (May; planted in the other hanging tomato container)
- Strawberries (May; currently growing multiple unripe strawberries)
- Serrano Pepper (May; in container and flowering)
- Bush Belle Peppers (May; 2 varieties – one is already growing multiple green peppers)
- Jalapeño Pepper (May)
- Basil (9 plants) (May)
- Pumpkins (“spontaneous” pumpkin patch from last Halloween’s pumpkins!)
With the exception of our whitefly infestation, we’ve had a pleasant, easy time with our garden so far. We mulched all of our plants with either shredded leaves or mostly-composted leaves from our spin bin and we have lots of little fences in place that have successfully kept Bailey away from the plants. I’m just starting to be able to use my thyme, parsley, and basil for cooking and soon we will have strawberries, jalapeño peppers, and green beans to eat!
Here are a few pictures of my garden:
Last year’s jalapeño plant that I saved over the winter has a handful of peppers growing on it.
What a difference 3 weeks makes! Hanging tomato plants with thyme and parsley from 5/13 and 6/4.
Green beans are finally growing on my “St. Patrick’s Day” bean plants!
This spider guards my garlic plants – I think he probably set up shop here to catch a few whiteflies.
This is my latest discovery in the garden and one of my most exciting so far… a tiny pumpkin patch!! We left a few pumpkins here after Halloween last fall because they were too heavy for the spin bin composter and Voila! We have pumpkin plants! I contemplated moving the rocks back but then realized that the plants were actually rooted in/around the rocks so I just put a little compost over top and we’ll see what happens…
This day lily is potted in the same container with my chives, marjoram, and marigolds. True it its name, we’ve had at least one new bloom every day for several weeks now.
Yup, that’s a strawberry!! Looks like I’ll be eating it soon…
Matt’s mom gave us several garlic cloves last Fall and we had our first “scape sighting” this morning. Woohoo! We’ll cut them off soon and think of something yummy to make with them.
We grew this zinnia plant from seed! I jumped the gun back in February and started lots of seeds indoors (waaaay too early in the season but hey, I’m learning!) and after a few weeks of struggling outdoors in April nearly all of the zinnia, cosmos, gallardia, and painted daisy plants that we grew are starting to bud. This plant was the first to flower.
Last but not least, our potted Oleander plant is flowering again! We bought it last year in late June when it was in full flower so it’s nice to see that it made it through the winter and is flowering once again. I love the big, white flowers.
How is your garden doing at the start of June? Please share! 🙂
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