Garden at the beginning of June (a few days early)

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Some flowers to appease the neighbours as my food production has now officially spread to the front yard.

Following Erica’s beautiful virtual garden tour (I love her orchard), here is one of mine. My orchard is newly planted this spring and something attached my apple so I don’t think we’ll get any apples this year, but I’m optimistic it will be productive and looking great in a few years. Berry season has already started and we have as much salad and broad beans as we can eat. I’m looking forward to tomatoes and cucumbers!

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The backyard garden (this time stormtrooper free). And look at my ridiculously tall hedge – my kind neighbour came over and trimmed it for me.

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Broadbeans ready to eat

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Carrot seedlings – I planted them rather late

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There are lots of radishes – this one I may eat today

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Last year’s chard I left because I’m curious what the flower would look like.

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An odd-looking Egyptian onion in front of an absurd amount of chives – way more than I can use.

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A bed of tomatoes

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Hot peppers and eggplants – I’ll be building a greenhouse over them shortly.

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I just planted some mint under my dripped water barrel – perhaps a foolish idea. If the mint threatens to take over I’ll have to weed-wack it back

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The raspberries are starting to ripen.

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The blackberries and tayberries are blooming

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Oca emerging

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Blueberries are now in the deer-proof fortification out front.

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Proof I should never go the the nursery alone – I went to get my mom flowers for mother’s day and came home with two hazelnuts.

 

7 thoughts on “Garden at the beginning of June (a few days early)

  1. I love your garden it is so pretty. And I laughed at the absurd amount of chives. I had that at my last house. The patch just kept growing.

    • I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one with a chive problem. My original chive plant came as a small clump separated from my dad’s chives – I’m amazed how they spread! I’ve given up growing green onions and just use chives instead.

  2. I love your garden! I just started planting mine so it’s not pretty yet. I have the same problem when I go to the nursery. I came home with an apple tree that I had no room for. I just rearranged my garden plan to fit it in.

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who does this. The two hazelnut have been planted with the broccoli this year, I figure I have time until the trees get big enough to produce a lot of shade. By the way, I ended up with a medlar and sour cherry the same way.

  3. Beautiful garden – thank you for sharing! I found your post from Erica’s garden tour comments.

    A bit of free advice about the mint, from one who has made the mistake you are now beginning to make… Dig it up. Now. All of it. And put it in a pot, which you may then sink into the ground wherever you want it, leaving a lip of at least a few inches above soil level. Or a pretty, decorative pot on your patio or doorstep, if you can remember to water more frequently, and want to avoid the probability that it will spread out the holes in the bottom of the pot (really.). Make that a big pot, because the mint will quickly fill it in. Mint is SO invasive, it will out-compete your other plants, and spring up in beds 6 or 8 feet away from where you originally planted it. It spreads by root runners, which will propagate wherever they are cut, even from small pieces, so weed-whacking will not control it, although that will certainly smell nice, as will walking on it.

    If you decide to ignore my advice, you’ll be ripping mint out of your potatoes seven years hence. 🙂 On the plus side, the cuttings (rippings? whackings?) are useful to mulch your brassicas, as they repel the cabbage butterfly. And bees really love mint in flower, so it will attract the beneficials… Good luck!

    Jen in Kansas

    • Hi Jen,

      Thanks for the mint warning! Where it is, the mint is boxed in between the house and a foot path. So far, I’ve killed every mint I’ve tried in a pot (I can successfully grow all sorts of things in pots – but for some reason not mint). I’ll try sinking a pot around the plant and hope for the best. When I’m forced to rip mint out of my potato patch, feel free to say “I told you so.”

      I didn’t realize mint mulch would be so good for brassicas, will have to try that.

      Cheers,
      Jeannette

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