Our Garden July 2014
|Our Garden July W3 2014|
Our lettuce and spinach and cilantro has bolted so I plan to replant for fall soon. Right now our warm weather crops are probably a few weeks away from exploding. Here's a peak at our garden.
|Garden A July W3 2014|
|our firecracker lettuce has bolted and is now harvested|
|flowering poblano peppers in garden A|
|Garden B July W3 2014|
in the huge planter I made along with a jalapeño plant.
|Thai Basil direct seed backyard planter July W3 2014|
I purchased purple basil from the same vendor I've always had good luck with at our local farmers market, but I purchased it super late in the season (I want to say mid to the end of June) because they weren't at the farmers market earlier in the season when I was there looking for plants like I had in the past. I was hesitant cause I knew the transplant was pretty old and did look a little leggy. Well I waited a few days to plant it and it died before I did. Was it me or because the plant was older? Don't know but lesson learned. Buy at the end of May and plant right away!
wooden trellis I made. They're in full bloom and just starting to produce right now. Yesterday I picked my first beans of the season (about a handful). We planted half of what we did last year, because we learned last year that we way over did it. It takes alot of time to pick beans every day and I found we ate only 1/3 to 1/2 of what was produced. In the past we froze beans but never used much because we really prefer it fresh. So we gave away a ton of beans to everyone we knew. Hopefully we have the right amount planted this year!
|Cucumbers climbing and blooming Garden B Back row right July W3 2014|
|Tomatoes Roma and cherry, turnips, and beets garden B back row left|
Catnip has been growing wild ever since we planted it in our front yard years ago. We pulled it out because it blocked our picture window and was causing mayhem in the cat world here (cat fights over rights to the catnip were frequent in our yard, oh the kitty drug world). We've let a few wild catnip stay in our backyard and a few lone seeds from those plants made it into the container that was meant for cilantro, I figured I'd let it stay. I might transplant it latter.
|Mr Cat and our huge June 2012 catnip harvest|
We have a garden bed in the back which we have not planted anything in yet this year. We had peas and cauliflower back there last year, which neither did well. Since I decided to plant neither of those this year (in an effort to cut back) I have just left it open. I might throw some lettuce seeds down soon because i think they might do well there (partial shade and not a lot of space).
concrete raised bed has mustard (to the left) and arugula (right) that self seeded from last season. Both mustard and arugula can have two crops a season in zone 4. As you can see in the picture above they are bolting now and will soon self seed again (with a little help from me since the arugula will mostly self seed on the asphalt without my help). I might add a few tomato plant helpers from our front garden to our raised bed just to make sure they don't overshadow some of our plants. We've had up to 4 tomato plants mixed in with the greens in our concrete raised beds before with no problem before.
I love mustard and arugula greens because they have a little kick to it. They are out of this world on sandwiches, but a little to much to have by themselves in a salad although fantastic when mixed with other mild greens (romaine, green leaf, etc). I love that the flavour doesn't seem to go bitter once it bolts (so you have a longer harvest time) and as I said before it self seeds so as long as you keep it contained like I do you will have an unlimited amount of carefree (with the exception of weeding and watering) greens in the spring-fall.
strawberry rhubarb crisp since they're both in season at the same time in June, but this year I totally forgot about it. I guess I'll have to find something else to make with it. Any ideals? What's your favourite way to eat rhubarb?
How is your garden doing this month? What are you harvesting right now? I'd love to hear about it!
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