Plans for last time included bending and installing metal electrical tubing and bird netting over our herb beds to keep the deer out, applying one more bale of straw as a weed barrier in our vegetable garden, and the processing our meat chickens. I'm happy to say that each of these tasks was accomplished. In addition, we planted our cucumber and pickling cucumber starts and are happy that they're growing nicely. No fruit from either yet, but soon enough we'll be enjoying them.
|Metal tubing & netting to protect our herbs from being eaten by the local deer.|
Our strawberries have been delicious this year, although not as abundant as in years past; it might be time to weed out the older plants. I've read that cutting some of the runners can help with berry production, so we'll have to try that next year.
Tomatoes are flowering away...can't wait to see what sort of harvest we get as we've not grown tomatoes before. I'm hoping to can some tomato sauce and salsa...we'll see.
In addition to spinach, we have five varieties of lettuce growing this year: French Crisp, Oak Leaf, Read Oak Leaf, Romaine, and Black Seeded Simpson. So far only the spinach has bolted. The rest of our greens have done well on the few hot days we've had; covering them with a piece of shade cloth has done the trick and kept us in fresh green salads so far.
|Freshly picked spinach for a salad & a pizza -- so good!|
|Oak Leaf Lettuce|
|Red Oak Leaf Lettuce|
|French Crisp, my new favorite!|
|Black Seeded Simpson starts ready to be transplanted.|
|What a disappointment this was! Happy slug, unhappy gardener...|
If you made it this far, thanks for reading. :)
Garden plans for the next week or two are to pick and freeze our peas, transplant our Black Seeded Simpson lettuce starts, put down a ground cover/weed barrier around our herb beds, and plant more carrot seed.
I also hope to share a post about how our weed barrier is doing (we're loving it, by the way) as well as a post about how we deer-proofed our herb beds -- both these projects were inexpensive and EASY!
I'd love to know how your gardens are growing!
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