|Kitchen Garden 2012|
I finally bought a decent cucumber frame and it's working well. But I learn something new every year and I'm now aware that I mustn't plant the zucchini too close to the cucumbers when I use the frame, because the cucumbers are shading one of the zucchini plants. It is still producing fine squash, but they are slower to mature.
|New Cucumber Frame|
Oops! Spoke too soon ...
Again this year, beets are one of my best crops, but bush beans are my favorite vegetable.
|Beets and Bush Beans Share a Bed|
|My friend Charlene gave me this adorable wind chime.|
The peppers are not quite ready yet.
|Roma Plum Tomato (left) and Red Brandywine (right)|
|Red Brandywine with blossom end rot.|
This year's onions are magnificent! I picked some today and put them on the outside potting bench to dry ...
Although I'm generally not very adventurous with what I grow, every year I like to try something new. This year it is spaghetti squash. I counted 6 large ones on the plant this morning and I am excited that they are doing well. They must be yellow before they can be picked, usually at the end of August. When baked, the inside resembles spaghetti. I'll keep you posted.
A big disappointment is the new root bed as few of the parsnips germinated. I think maybe I sowed the seeds when the temperature was too high. I'm thinking of sowing carrot seeds, for fall harvesting, in the spaces, but I'm not sure if that will work.
I don't forget the pollinators when I plant my vegetables ...
|Sunflowers, planted to shade the potting shed.|
The pink milkweed is my favorite ...
Dill re-seeds itself every year and serves as a host plant for American swallowtail butterflies.
Also, in the kitchen garden is my grow-bed of chocolate mint. I keep it under control there by not letting it escape the raised bed. I must move the chamomile though because the mint is crowding it out.
|Chamomile and Chocolate Mint|
I lined the holes in the cinder blocks with weed block to stop the soil from falling through, and planted each hole with a different herb.
Now when I'm cooking, I just have to take a few steps to snip off what I need.
How are your vegetables and herbs doing this year?
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