I'll try and post some pictures here later today, but I at least wanted to get the report done (because if I don't do it now, it probably won't get done!)
Well, the herb garden is doing well. I haven't had time to do much to take care of it, and there are tons of herbs that I really need to harvest, but I don't have time to do anything with them - most of them I dry - and so there just out there growing away. I'm not sure I can remember all of the herbs I've got out there, but here's most of them - stevia, cilantro, parsley, tarragon, thyme (used this as a ground cover along the border, and this is growing like gangbusters!) basil, lemon verbena, dill, sage, rosemary, lavender, oregano, spearmint, peppermint, chocolate mint, marjoram, sage, and chives.
On the north side of the house, I planted a three zucchini plants, and it looks like I might get zucchini off all of them this year. There are two zucchinis on one plant that are about a day from being ready to pick. I also planted a perennial flower garden on this side. It is doing o.k. It has been crazy hot for weeks now, and hardly any rain, and I only water a couple of days a week. Next year, I'm doing drip irrigation, but for now, it is just the sprinkler, and so the flowers in particular aren't doing great. But I'm hoping for the best. There are 6 plants in the bed now, and I plan on adding 4-6 more in the bed next year.
Along the fence on the north side, I have two containers - one has two butternut squash plants with lattice behind it for it to climb, and then the other container has two melon plants with lattice behind it to climb. The squash is doing o.k., slow but steady growth. The melon, well, it might be dead. I haven't looked in the past few days, but it isn't growing really. I think I planted them too early and then it got too hot, etc.
The four boxes along the west end are doing o.k. Box 1 has onion and garlic. I have garlic flowers coming up now, and so I will probably cut the scapes and make some garlic scape pesto this weekend. The onions are plugging along. Box 2 has some lettuce left in it that we need to eat up this week, and some HUGE swiss chard, celery, and 8 cucumber plants that are growing horizontally on garden netting. I think I might actually get cucumbers this year! I planted marigolds or some kind of flowers by any of the plants that flowered, and I think that helped to bring in the pollinators, etc. Box 3 has peppers and tomatoes. I have small tomatoes on the plants, and I have banana peppers ready to pick. The green peppers are slowly but surely growing. Box 4 has green beans. I'm not sure what is going on there. I've got leaves, but I haven't seen blossoms or any indication of beans. I planted them well over a month ago.
The strawberry patch had some strawberries in it this year, but I didn't get as much as I'd hoped. I probably got a quart total. But about half of them are the everlasting kind, so hopefully I'll get another quart in the fall.
I'm planning on a fall garden this year - at the very least, I'm doing broccoli, peas, and spinach.
I've got BIG plans for the garden next year. I'm putting in 4 new beds - one for potatoes, one for cabbage and broccoli, one for greens (this one may actually be a cold frame instead of just a raised bed), and one for blueberries. I'm also moving the peas to a different area and putting netting or fencing in between the rows instead of doing bamboo teepees in one of the boxes. I'm also planning on planting more peas in general next year. I'm planting grapes and a pear, an apple, and cherry tree next year. Oh, and asparagus. I totally meant to plant it this year, but the spring just got away from me. As always LOL, I plan on doing better with successive planting and getting a spring, summer, and fall crop out of as many of the beds as possible. I'm also putting in a drip irrigation system.
I'm super tempted to start a front yard garden too, but I think I'll wait another year after that. Check with the HOA and the city over the next year, and get all those ducks in a row before I do it. However, if nothing else, I do plan on adding some more perennial and native plants in the front yard.
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