Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The June Garden
Everything is growing apace. Had a very nice first flush from the roses.
Seed starting was dismal, again. I got less than 50% germination from the tomatoes, peppers and tomatillos. So no poblanos or jalapeños this year either. Herbs were a disaster as well. Some dill survived, but the purple basil looks very iffy.
These are the only survivors of the tomato seedlings.
These were the peppers and tomatillos.
The three herb/dye plant/flower beds are now finished. I´m using the third for the indigo and cutting herbs like parsley, cilantro and chives. Some potted roses will be moved here in the fall.
The winter squash found a home in the hugel raised bed. The Sweet Meats were no shows. Some look a bit yellow, so I´m not sure they´ll thrive.
Elsewhere, got the purchased courgette/zucchinni starts planted (0 germination from seed) and rather optimistically placed things for them to climb when the time comes.
If the cucumbers all do well, I´ll be swimming in pickles. Had almost total germination success. Unfortunately, that was the tray I tipped over and it also had some melons, so there may be some interesting mixes when they start growing. The front area is now planted with more carrots and red onions and peppers.
I planted more carrots because some critter is eating them from below. Sneaky varmints. I assume voles. But letting Breo in the garden to look would be courting disaster.
The tomato starts I bought are doing well. I´ve since planted the pitiful solitary tomato and 2 tomatillos. One tomatillo, could be green or purple, got one of each, didn´t last even 24 hours. I came out in the morning and it had vanished from it´s planting spot. A mystery.
Potatoes have been hilled twice and will get a third pass this week. Haven´t actually found many pests beyond the first potato beetle as I spot check them. Beyond are the melons. Everyone shook their heads when I mentioned I was planting melons, but they were actually a huge germination success and I didn´t want to waste them.
We have achieved peas!
And we finally ordered next winter´s firewood, which V managed to stack in 2 days. He´s a wonder.
Whew! They´re predicting a heat wave through the weekend, so I need to get on top of some weeding. Also thinking about having a go at pickled walnuts.