It has been a HOT MINUTE since we’ve talked about anything on the blog.
I must say though that I’ve been very busy over at River City Cookery and ya’ll should head over and check out the shenanigans we’ve been up to.
The last time we talked garden was in May – and by the garden clock that was a life time ago. Honestly I’ve been so busy trying to keep up with the garden that I haven’t had time to write about it!
Some important information:
- the ‘bamboo‘ that kept growing is really an invasive species called Japanese knotweed.
- the location of our garden is pretty bad. Part of it is under an apple tree, it gets some sun but not enough to dry it out and there’s no drainage.
- the flower bed I converted into a garden is the best producing bed we have by far
Dealing with the invasive species consumed my life in the month of May. Every time a new shoot popped up (which was several times a day) I would attempt to dig it out. These efforts made little to no difference and over time I’ve stopped trying. Now I just pull them out once they’re knee high.
May and June also brought the first shoots. The radishes came, grew a lot of greenage, didn’t produce underneath, and became slug food. It wasn’t all bad though, the Swiss chard and kale have been producing for us ever since.
Most of the onions, garlic, shallots that were planted have given up but that’s ok because the tomatoes are taking up half the garden.
Things that are going well:
Beans, omg. I must have magic ones because they came out of the ground in 4 seconds and have already produced several meals with many more flowers on the vines.
Apples. Both trees produced this year which is great for them but difficult for me. My co-workers have enjoyed apple gifts so far but I worry the rest will be for me!
Kales and Swiss chard have provided enough for many meals and some for the freezer too.
Tomatoes. Seriously our pride and joy. We’ve pulled a few San marzano out already as well as lots of cherry tomatoes. We have loads that are green and on the vine.
Things were not sure about:
Zucchini. I have two little ones and a few flowers, but I only got 1 plant out of 9 seeds planted. I hope I will still get my zucchini fix.
Italian squash. The thing has certainly taken over but I’m unsure if it will produce more than one squash.
Herbs. The indoor ones (basil, oregano) did not do well, but some of the outdoor ones (Italian parsley) did.
Keeping this garden has taught me patience and everyday I have so much gratitude and thanks for those who produce our food. I can’t wait to recap how the rest of my harvest goes!
Let’s chat – How is your garden doing!? How are you doing!?