Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Backyard Garden Is Thriving

We have so many plants growing in the backyard garden.  Todd has harvested most of the radish.  We have carrots planted, Swiss Chard, Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Loose Leaf Lettuce, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Mild Banana Peppers, Hot Banana Peppers, Egg Plant, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Carrots, Broccoli, Pole Beans, Sugar Snap Peas, Kohlrabi, Spinach and Beef Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, and Grape Tomatoes.  It has been very hard to keep the weeds away due to the hours we are working this Summer.  Here is the growth and our little garden as of this week.
 Above: Cabbage forming
Below: Broccoli ready to be picked.
 Above: Eggplant just beginning
Below: Kohlrabi ready to be picked.
Above: Next to the fence are the pole beans, 
near the bottom closer to us, is Swiss Chard. 
Past the small stake are the carrots. 
The plant beside the Swiss Chard is hot pepper plant
Below:  Bell Pepper flowering
 Above: Romaine Lettuce
Below: Cherry Tomato

I seriously need to get out to our community garden.

Until Next Time,

Monday, June 22, 2015

Butterfly/Humming Bird Work In Progress

I was so excited this past Spring.  I neglected my flower beds last year with all of the emotional things in my life and this Spring was a new beginning.  I planted several seeds to add to my garden only for rabbits to eat.  They ate the top of my cone flowers and I thought I was not going to have any until this past weekend.  I found one they never ate yet. 
I attempted to plant Moon Flowers to grow up the trellis.  The guy at the farmer's market told me rabbits do not like them. He was wrong.  I tried Clematis but I thought they ate all of them.  This past weekend we picked up a honeysuckle plant and planted it near the trellis.  I was surprised a had a little spout still for the Clematis the rabbits missed.  I left it.  If I have to move one of the plants I will.  I also added a common day lily to the garden.  We added a rabbit fence around the small butterfly/humming bird garden as well.  Now, I am in hopes the plants will take off.  I only need one more type of flower (two plants) to add and the mulch and my butterfly/humming bird garden will be complete.
 My honeysuckle planted along the trellis.
I planted a few Iris bulbs from my Mom's garden.  I cannot wait until I plant the last two plants and add the mulch.  Next year I will have flowers blooming through out the season in this little garden.  I hope it attracts many little visitors.  I am happy with the way this little garden is beginning to shape into.  I liked it better without the fence but it is a must in order to keep the rabbits away. 

Until Next Time,

Thursday, June 11, 2015

June ~ How Does the Back Yard Grow?

June has been a very challenging month for Todd to get into the garden and weed.  His new hours this Summer and my new hours are making our gardening very hard.  Here are some pictures of the garden in our backyard.
 Cages in the center are around pepper plants, to the left
different types of lettuce, to the right a tomato plant
and back near the fence the pole beans are growing.

The back yard garden houses only a few tomato plants:
Cherry, Grape, and Beef Steak.
 Seed tape has worked nicely last year for the radish and carrots.
Todd tried it with the peas to have a nice straight row,
but the peas were hit or miss.  I do not think he is going to use this
method next year since it was not as successful.
 Different types of lettuce in the center of the picture and
the upper left corner a picture of one of the broccoli plants.
 Cabbage,cauliflower, and broccoli
My butterfly/humming bird garden is not doing well because of the rabbits.  I am going to end up having to put up a fence.  They ate the tops of my cone flowers, so no cone flowers this year. They have eaten my new seedlings I planted and both the Clematis and Moon flowers I planted.  I wanted something to climb on the trellis.  This garden will take a little more work and rabbit proofing.

My first Asiatic Lily is blooming.  I am thrilled.  I was able to rabbit proof my lily garden and I just might be able to see some oriental lilies I planted nearly six years ago for the first time.  I am seeing buds on them.
I still need to venture out to our community garden plot.

Until Next Time...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

May 2015

Early May: Todd created tape seed for the peas this year.  This will be our first year planting this way.  We have 2rows of peas planted on one end of the backyard garden.  Along the fence is a row of green beans, behind that are half a row of carrots, half a row of radish, and two half rows of different types of .

Todd planted some tomatoes in the back yard garden.  They will be more the cherry, grape, and beef steak tomatoes, the Roma tomatoes will be planted in the community garden plot.

He planted different types of lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, and cabbage. 

I am in the works of adding to the butterfly/humming bird garden.  It looks a little bare right now.

April 2015

It has been so long since I have posted on our little garden blog.  I am going to try to do better this growing season.  I will post at least monthly pictures of the gardens.

The month of April is prepping our backyard garden.  Todd turns the soil and then lays down corrugated cardboard boxes to help as a weed barrier, keep moisture in the soil, and become compost.  Next on top of the boxes he will lay a layer of compost, then he will dig and plant our seeds or plants.