The garden this year went in about the same time as usual. It was all planted by the second day of June. We had lots of chilly, wet weather this spring so the planting was somewhat delayed. I like to get the garden mostly done by the end of May. Since I don’t plant many cool weather things like peas or radishes or broccoli, I don’t have to bother with April garden tilling. This year would have been too wet to work the soil that early.
For plants I have indian corn, field pumpkins, mini-pumpkins, winter squash, carrots, Boston bib lettuce, sunflowers, tomatoes and sweet peppers. Also put in marigolds, zinnias, strawflowers, and bachelor buttons. Of course, the Jerusalem artichokes occupy one corner.
These photos were taken several days ago, right after the carrots sprouted. Since then we have gotten more rain and a few warm, sunny days. The sunflowers have nearly doubled in size since the pictures. These sunflowers volunteered from seeds left in the garden last year. I transplanted the seedlings to the edge of the garden before tilling. They all survived nicely. Many of the bachelor buttons are also volunteers from last year’s seed. Some are now beginning to bloom. I loved these flowers so much last year that I planted several more flower varieties to enjoy. They go well with the vegetables and add some color to the garden.
This is the first year in some time that I have grown peppers. These are sweet green, turning to red if left on the plant. Right after I put the seedlings in the ground, something devoured most of the leaves on one plant. Not sure what did this. There were no tracks so maybe a flying creature or something very small like a vole. Why just one plant? I don’t know, but I’m glad they left the others alone.
The wax bush beans are struggling. Since this photo, several more have sprouted. I will have to replant some of the rows if I want many beans.
I planted six Early Girl tomatoes, my favorite variety. They are growing well. I have to mulch the tomatoes and peppers to improve their growth rate. Something I hope to do today.
It’s nice to have photos of the plants when they first start out. As the garden develops I like to go back and look at how much the plants have grown.