Here’s the second half of my early June garden update. You can see the first half here.
We’re up to bed 7. This is my experiment with lasagna gardening, where I covered the bed with newspaper to kill the cover crop (rye grass). After adding more soil on top to hold down the paper, it is doing much better.
There are two hills of pie pumpkins, a hill of Jarrahdale pumpkins and a hill of Marina di Chioggia winter squash. They are all just starting to develop their true leaves.
Bed 8 has beans, peas & corn.
The beans have just sprouted. I planted Trail of Tears (from Daphne), Cannollini, Kentucky Wonder Pole, Romano Bush, & Yard Long Beans. Below are the Yard Long beans, the foliage is a bit different than usual bean leaves.
The Dakota Black popcorn is developing well. I’m always puzzled when one seedling develops twice as fast as others around it when they were all planted the same time.
The fava beans are blooming, and the first of the dwarf grey sugar peas are too. The shelling peas have pods, but they sprouted so poorly that I think we’ll have trouble getting one meal of shell peas.
Bed 9 is the brassica bed. It has the brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale & cabbage. Everything in this bed is filling out well. No signs of cabbage moth damage yet.
We harvested the first from the new plants just after I took these photos.
Bed 11 is the tomato bed. I also planted leeks in front of all the tomatoes, but they are too small to see.
The majority of tomatoes planted at the normal time are just getting big enough to start training around the twine.
The early tomatoes are blooming and even setting fruit.
This is a Black Prince Tomato.
Bed 12 is our perennial fruit and vegetable bed. We just covered the raspberry and strawberry section with bird netting earlier this week.
The strawberries we planted last year after my birthday have spread and are setting lots of fruit. We can’t wait to taste the first juicy red berries.
Just behind the end of the garden we have three apple trees. Last year there was a hard frost after they bloomed an we only got two apples. There is a lot more fruit set on the trees this year and we’re hoping it develops well. We’ve also noticed the same thing about our sour cherry tree which is elsewhere in the yard.
So that’s the details of the whole garden. We got a good soaking rain with some thunderstorms yesterday. Here’s the whole garden view.