Summer garden

Sunday, June 26, 2011

My mother and my father-in-law both are excellent gardeners.  They are amazing and can bring in bounties of fresh produce all summer long.  Shaun and I on the other hand somehow missed that genetic poll.  Neither of us are “master gardeners”.  In fact I think we are closer to the other side of the spectrum of “Master weed growers”.  None the less, we still try.  The season usually starts our well and ends with us abandoning ship as it turns rainy and cold.  Leaving a mess to clean up next year. One big over grown weedy mess.

However, this year, I can say I pleased for the most part on our garden’s progress.  Nothing to really brag about, but something that is good for us and our family.  For me being a  non-gardener and a person who doesn’t really like dirt, I can say I am happy to give myself a pat on my back for any success.

As you can see from the pictures,  we are mainly growing individual beds of plants.   It is less overwhelming for me to take care of and well that is half the battle.  Additionally, Shaun set up a drip system  (last year too) so we are only watering what we want  to grow.  I am a terrible waterier.  I think that is my biggest obstacle to gardening.   (Well that and patience)

Also to my surprise, we have kept up on weeding too.  Every week and half  or two, we spend 20 minutes weeding, while the weeds are still small.  As I took these pictures, I can see we will need to weed again this week ( Who keeps planting those annoyances?)

Hopefully we can end the season looking so wonderful, but time will tell.


Four types of potatoes- All Blue, Red, Russian Fingerlings, Ukon Golds. 


Peas and Red Onions


Trying to figure out if I planted Sugar Snap Peas or normal peas?  I really want to eat them now.


This bed was more of an after thought, when my mom gave me Raspberry plants for my birthday.  Also room for one zucchini as well.  One plant is plenty for our family.


Two tomato beds- all different varieties.   I have no idea why one is growing taller than the other bed.  Lets just pretend that one bed is a faster maturing group.  (plausible right?)  Also I think I planted them two close together.  The four plants in each bed look like one big bush.  Oh, well, better than having it take up the walkway, right?


Green beans and wax beans


Cucumbers- growing in stages.  Seems like they all come on at once and then they are done.  Hoping this spreads the season out a bit.


Lettuce and carrots.  Time to eat lots of lettuce.


I figure I have posted too many pictures, so the last three will be together.  They are the old garden area. 

Left is walla-walla onions, with some migrating lettuce.  Corn in the middle and peppers, cilantro and hopefully spinach  on the right.  This is a strange bed to use, since it is now under the apple tree.  (Wasn’t a problem when we first built the bed, but the tree has grown in the last 6 years a bit.)