Thursday, June 16, 2016

Garden Update

The last couple of weeks for us have been cool and wet. I haven't been spending much time out in my garden. Every couple of days I would go out to make sure the outside tomatoes were covered and check the greenhouse plants. So today with the sun shining and blue sky showing, I spent a little time checking on my garden. I was pleasantly surprised to see most of the garden was doing very good.
This is my brassicas bed. The plants have tripled in size. They sure liked the cool wet weather, even though I didn't.

My corn and bean are growing great also. Along with the sunflowers in the middle of the corn.

I'm very happy with my tomatillos. They are huge and full of flowers and fruit. I'm looking forward to homemade salsa verda.

My cucumbers, sunflowers, cabbage, bean and potatoes (in the background) are doing good as well.

My peas and onions happily growing.

My spinach, red lettuce, and green lettuce in my deck boxes. I found the easiest way to water them is with an old milk jug.

Now what isn't growing good.

The zucchini and pumpkins aren't growing as good as the others. Hopefully with more sun in the forecast they with do better.

Who else is happy to see sunshine, besides me?

The Honey Bees!

What I have learned so far this season.

Alcosa a savoy Cabbage.
I had never grown this type of cabbage before. I bought these two plants at my local farm and garden store. They were on the half price rack. This cabbage grew very well, but because of its wrinkly leaves, it is impossible to keep the aphids off of it. These two heads are kind of small but I have decided to harvest them anyway.  I don't think I will grow them again next year.
Here are the two heads in my basket, along with seedless wild blackberries and basil.

The chickens will get the rest of the cabbage roots, aphids and all.

The next thing I learned.
This deck box gets too hot. The arugula barely grew and it is already bolting. See the flowers and what you can't see is the pak choi. They are struggling to grow. The kale is doing okay. Next year I will grow heat loving herbs there. I may pull them out and do that now.

After playing in the yard it was time for lunch.


  1. So many goodies to enjoy! What a great way to make use of the cabbage and aphids. I'll bet your girls loved them!
    I'd love for you to share this outdoor post on Tuesday's Maple Hill Hop!

    1. Thank you for stopping by. I will see you Tuesday, thanks for inviting me.

  2. Love your productive garden and REALLY love your honey bees. We're brand new beekeepers ourselves and are just expanding our first hives. What a fun endeavor, and I can't WAIT to get my first taste of honey. From what I understand I'll have to wait until next year for that... Thanks for sharing your garden with us! (Stopping by from the Art of Homemaking Monday's Party)

    ~Taylor-Made Homestead~

    1. Thank you for stopping by. I do love my honey bees. This is my third year having them. Last fall was the first honey for me. I was very excited and it is sooo yummy!

  3. How nice to be able to grow your own veggies. Sometimes, you have to learn by trial and error.

    1. I do love growing my own veggies and I'm defiantly doing a lot of trial and error. Thank you for stopping by.


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