Our Garden at the Beginning of June

It's the second of June!  This time last year we had just put in the seeds and all there was to look at was dirt.  That was mostly because cutting the sod and digging out the garden beds takes more time than you would think.  It's three beds totaling 264 square feet.

This Spirng I got in early veggies in the far left bed.  They were all planted between April 18-21.
  • Red onion (unknown variety from local hardware store) 12 square feet
  • 'Candy' white onion (from Fingerles) 12 square feet
  • 'Adirondack Blue' potatoes (from Johnny's Selected Seeds) 44 square feet
  • 'Rhubarb Red' Swiss chard (from Seed Savers Exchange) 4 square feet
  • Yellow Swiss chard (Charley Creek Seed Exchange) 4 square feet
  • Gourmet lettuce mix (from High Mowing Organic Seeds) 8 square feet
  • 'Cordier' spinach (from High Mowing Organic Seeds) 8 square feet
We just harvested our first dinner salads this week; a combination of lettuce, spinach and baby chard.  

In the middle bed are the vine crops and herbs:
  • 'Metro' butternut squash (Johnny's Selected Seeds) 2 hills - 24 square feet
  • 'Northern Pickling' cucumber (Johnny's Selected Seeds) 2 hills - 24 square feet 
  • 'Slow Bolt' cilantro (Renee's Garden Seeds)
  • 'Dukat' dill (Renee's Garden Seeds)
  • 'Genovese' Basil (Johnny's Selected Seeds) 
The bed to the far right is mostly tomatoes with a couple summer squash thrown in:
  • 'Yellow Fin' zucchini (Johnny's Selected Seeds) 4 plants - 16 square feet
  • 'Jaspar' red cherry tomato (Johnny's Selected Seeds) 4 plants - 16 square feet
  • 'Sun Gold' yellow cherry tomato (Johnny's Selected Seeds)  4 plants - 16 square feet
  • 'San Marzano' red paste tomato (Johnny's Selected Seeds) 10 plants - 40 square feet

Our new addition to the annual veggie garden for this year is the bean teepee.  It was one of my five goals for this year and thanks to my resourceful husband it was put together and planted in one evening.  I'm thinking until the beans get going, I might throw a flat sheet over it and secure with clothes pins for Junebug to play in.  

I also found these fun Red Noodle pole beans to try growing up our teepee.  They look pretty and I love the promise of super long (16-20 inch) tender beans!  The instructions say to plant five beans per pole so that's what I did. It seems like that could be a little crowded to me.  I guess we'll find out.

We planted four blueberry bushes last spring and they lived through that horrible long winter.  With the addition of some soil acidifier the leaves are nice and green.  And look, fruit!  If the birds don't get them first, we will have a couple mouth fulls of blueberries this summer.  

Around the corner the rhubarb is lush.  We didn't expect it be this big in its second year.  Our plan was to let it grow and wait to start harvesting until next year when it has been in the ground three years.  However, I bet we could sneak a couple stalks.  The only problem is rhubarb needs a lot of sugar to be palatable and I'm still gestational diabetic for another month.  What's the rule of thumb?  Stop harvesting by the 4th of July.  I might get at least one crisp or crumble in before then.  

This is the back of our little yellow Victorian house.  All of the fuzzy green planted under the peaked roof is our asparagus patch.  We had a very successful overwintering.  I do believer all 45 crowns made it.

Here's another view of our patch.  We piled lots of leaves over the whole area last fall, which I think really helped them through the winter, however we had to carefully go in and uncover the emerging asparagus shoots to help them up and out.  Maple leaves create a very dense mat.  Since this is also the second spring for the asparagus we didn't do any harvesting.  Next year is going to be so good!

I've been thinking a lot about the back of the house and how their aren't any windows.  Typical of the time our house was built.  Victorian homes commonly don't have windows on the north side since windows weren't very efficient and the coldest wind comes from the north.  What about a trellis of clematis or some other perennial bloomer?  Especially if the trellis was more of a work of art in its own right so it could be enjoyed year round.  I'll have to mention that idea to my artist husband.  I bet we could come up with something really eye catching.

The peach and cherry tree also came through their first winter.  The cherry fared better than the peach although neither flowered this spring.  

On the front side of the house which is also the side of the house with no water spigot, we now have a rain barrel.  My mom sent it as a birthday gift.  I was pretty excited when Jeff installed it mid May.  Unfortunately it has a slow leak where the hose attaches at the bottom.  Jeff has some ideas on how to fix it.  Hopefully it doesn't take too much to get it holding water and doing what it should.

This is the patio sandwiched between the side of the house and the garage.  And honestly it's where I spend most of my outdoor time these days.  Let's face it, I'm 37 weeks pregnant and I'm not very interested in kneeling in the garden and pulling weeds over my gigantic baby bump.

Instead most of my out door time is spent with Junebug playing in the pool and me sitting in the lawn chair.  I have also found soaking my swollen feet in the kiddie pool to be an excellent afternoon activity.

I was going to end with a full baby belly selfie, but it started raining and then got dark, so maybe next time.