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Garden Portrait: June 22, 2013

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“Summer portrait” of my current garden and flower beds.   I’m going to try doing this once a month or so, because (despite my gardening calendar) I lose track of how things “really” worked in my garden in previous years. Outsourcing my longterm memory is one of my favorite strategies for being more productive, so, here goes!

(Warning – this is a long post! …and if it seems like I have a LOT of beds, that’s because I do try to rotate my plants around every year!)

Front lawn: not grass, not weeds, not flowers…strawberries!  In the tradition of “Grow Food Not Lawns”!  Transplanted this spring from runaways in the garden walkway.

Front lawn, June 22 2013

Front lawn, June 22 2013

Butterfly bed in the front yard:

Butterfly bed, June 22 2013

Butterfly bed, June 22 2013

Container plants: Fig and blueberries

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Blueberry family portrait – June 22 2013

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Figalicous! June 22 2013

Garden proper – raised bed, quasi-Square Foot approach, with drip irrigation throughout:

BoxA1 June 22 2013 - Leftovers of spring spinach, lettuce, and radishes.

BoxA1 June 22 2013 – Leftovers of spring spinach, lettuce, and radishes.

Experimenting with harvesting seeds, which is why this bed looks like spanked @$$.

Box A2 June 22 2013 - Asparagus

Box A2 June 22 2013 – Asparagus

Asparagus beetles sucked this year – totally drained the life out of my harvest.  The bed is well established, but very low yield due to the pests.

Box A3/4 June 22 2013 - Raspberries

Box A3/4 June 22 2013 – Raspberries

Believe it or not, the double-bed of raspberries was actually pruned and trained in rows this year… they are still overgrown though!

Box A5 June 22 2013 - Curcurbits

Box A5 June 22 2013 – Curcurbits

Squashes: a yellow, a zucchini, and an acorn.  A sangria watermelon also, just for fun.

Box B1 June 22 2013 - Tomatoes, peppers and marigolds

Box B1 June 22 2013 – Tomatoes, peppers and marigolds

A mixed bed of nightshades. (For the record – those are two-year old jalapeños, which were raised in a container last year, and overwintered indoors!)  We decided to try new approaches to train the tomatoes – more on that later when they actually are big enough.  I started most of these plants…myself…indoors…too late…which is why they are all so small at the official start of summer.

Box B2 June 22 2013 - shell peas, snow peas & sugar snap peas

Box B2 June 22 2013 – shell peas, snow peas & sugar snap peas

FYI – I didn’t mean to plant snow peas!  I don’t know where they came from!

Box B3 June 22 2013 - A collection of cucumbers

Box B3 June 22 2013 – A collection of cucumbers

(It also had iceberg lettuce until this morning – all the recent rains had turned them to mush.  Great dinner for the slugs and earwigs! Not so great for harvesting…)

Box B4/C4 - Strawberries

Box B4/C4 – Strawberries

Most of these strawberries are fairly old, and produced very sad little berries this spring.   All new plants / beds being planned for next year!

Box B5 - yet more curcurbits!

Box B5 – yet more curcurbits!

A yellow, a zucchini, a butternut, and an acorn squash.

Box C1 - More tomatoes, peppers and marigolds

Box C1 – More tomatoes, peppers and marigolds

You can never have too many tomatoes!

Box C2 - Pole and bush beans

Box C2 – Pole and bush beans

A mixed variety, including some purple beans.

Box C3 - A selection of edible flower plants.

Box C3 – A selection of edible flower plants.

Also started too late in the season… do we sense a trend here?

Box C5 - Blackberries & annual herbs

Box C5 – Blackberries & annual herbs

First time growing blackberries!

And that’s it!   Hoping to stick to this so I (and anyone else who is interested) can compare how my garden does month to month and year to year!

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