Garden Update

My garden is doing way better than I thought was possible. For my first year, things have gone smoothly. Although, I’ve had some minor issues with blossom-end rot on my tomatoes and slugs almost devoured my basil. But, everything is HUGE! The twine and rope on the left is a quick trellis I had to make for the cucumbers. It’s staked at the base of the garden and then tied up to the fence. This is the perfect place for the cucumbers to climb.

I’ve got Super Sweet 100 Cherry tomatoes which I’ve learned are indeterminate. They kinda just sprawl across the ground and don’t go straight up.

Then, I’ve got Romas. They are determinate and grow straight up. This is something I wish I would have known when planting. I would have planned the space a bit differently. Because, as you can tell from the photo above, everything looks like a jungle.

 For some reason, my favorite has been the pickling cucumbers. I’ve learned that it’s best to build them a trellis. Not only do they take up a lot of prime real estate in your garden but they are also susceptible to powdery mildew. If you get powdery mildew, it cannot be composted because if you use your compost in your garden the powdery mildew will spread to other plants. Yuck, gross, and sad.

One big surprise is that Mister Bunny’s Easter Lily is blooming! I’m a bit surprised because sometimes when you transplant you can’t expect to get blooms in the same season. Like with my irises. They’ll bloom next season.

 My herb garden is super happy. Starting from the back left I’ve got Thyme, Oregano, Flat Leaf Parsely, Marigolds, Chives, Basil, and Lavendar.

 I made this simple bamboo and twine fencing to keep the dog from running through here. It’s totally works and couldn’t be easier.

The mint was not happy in the corner of the yard where I placed it, so it’s been relegated to a pot.

 My morning glories are coming in! They are so beautiful. I’ve got magenta, dark and light blue, and purple. So pretty!

Finally, I was able to get one harvest out of my dwarf peas. I planted these late in the season and so I’m happy it worked out!

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