I apologize for not bringing you all up to date on our garden as it’s been maturing. So here I am to show a few snippets of what things look like now.
The lush growth on the right is the Super Sugar Snap Peas (Territorial Seed Co) climbing up the trellis and Oregon Sugar Pod II bush snow peas (also Territorial) cascading in the front of them. We’ve been happily munching on them for weeks now. I’m just about ready to pull them all up and replant for fall and winter as they are beginning to die down now.
On the left is a row of cucumbers that just haven’t done much this year. More on that in a future post.
The bed on the left is salad type veggies, the one in the center is a variety of onions, and the one on the right is filled with my brassicas:
We put netting over the hoops to keep the chickens away from the beds. They were becoming just a bit too destructive for my tastes while they were on bug patrol.
Those are dahlias in the front row. I discovered they make good companion plants in the garden, and the Hobbit has been after me to plant flowers, so I’ve kind of gone crazy with them (as you will see in upcoming photos and future installments).
The green on the left is carrots (Atomic Red from Nichols Garden Nursery) and the beautiful lettuce is Merlot (Nichols). The carrots have been slow growing this spring, but the lettuce is doing great and tasting good!
In the center (below) is another dahlia, Valentin from Easy to Grow Bulbs. I’m noticing the ones I got from them tends to have bushier and more “lush” foliage than what I got from Swan’s Dahlia Farms. I don’t know that this is better or worse…just an observation. Most of the ones I ordered are the dwarf/border variety so as to not take over the veggies.
The green on the front left is fennel (Perfection from Territorial Seed Co). I fell in love with fennel last winter, and decided to try my hand at it. I’m thrilled with how well it is doing, even after I moved some of them around I didn’t lose a single one!
Very front left is more of the fennel, second row left is Early Treviso Radishio (Nichols), in the center is Black Seeded Simpson lettuce (Territorial), and on the right is another dahlia (Pinto – Easy to Grow Bulbs). On the third row back is more fennel to the left, pathetic beets (Four Color Mix from Nichols), and on the right is Rouge D’Hiver lettuce from Nichols (yummy and a vigorous grower). To be fair, none of the beets I planted this spring did well. Here in the Pacific Northwet we’ve had one of our “cabbage” years for growing. It was colder and wetter than usual, so everything got off to a slow and stunted start, and some things just rotted or drowned in the amount of rain we’ve had (and that’s saying a LOT from someone who lives where it rains 10 months out of the year!). I’ve heard of some folks giving up on their garden entirely for the year, which is a shame since we have a great climate for fall and winter gardening with our maritime climate. Of course, now that we are reaching 90s, which isn’t uncommon, but not really common here, things are starting to grow like crazy:
Here’s the Pinto dahlia and the Rouge D’Hiver closer up:
I’ve also discovered the beauty and ease of tuberous begonias:
On the backside of the begonias we have our Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans (Nichols) growing with some Golden Lemon Thyme (front left) and SuperStar Dianthus (front right). There are some tiny basil plants that are just starting to take off in the center front.
Here is Gallery Harmony dahlia (Easy to Grow Bulbs) in the front with Winter Savory and Kohlrabi in the background. For some reason I didn’t get photos of the full garden yet…I’ll work on that when it’s cooler and shadier.
All in all, we’ve been having a grand time with our gardening, learning new tips and tricks and enjoying the harvest as it comes. And I’m loving the color!
Psalm 103 1 Of David. Bless YAHWEH, O my soul, and all within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless YAHWEH, O my soul, and forget not all His rewards; 3 He who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; 4 who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with kindness and tender mercies; 5 who satisfies your desire with good; your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 YAHWEH works righteous deeds and judgments for all the oppressed. 7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel. 8 YAHWEH is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and of abundant mercy. 9 He will not always strive, nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not done to us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are above the earth, so is His mercy mighty over those who fear Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 As the pity of a father over his sons, so YAHWEH pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows how we are made, remembering that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass; as the flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is not; and its place never knows it again. 17 But the mercy of YAHWEH is from everlasting, even to everlasting, on those who fear Him; yea, His righteousness is to the sons of sons; 18 to those who keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments, to do them.
19 YAHWEH has prepared His throne in Heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. 20 Bless YAHWEH, O angels of His; mighty in strength; doing His Word; listening to the voice of His Word. 21 Bless YAHWEH, all His hosts, ministers of His, doing His will. 22 Bless YAHWEH, all His works in all the places of His dominion; bless YAHWEH, O my soul.