You forget what it was like. In April and even in May I was fretting that the garden wasn’t looking good, that things weren’t coming back, that I’d ruined things.

Grape arbor, May 17. OMG DID I PRUNE IT TOO MUCH? WHERE IS MY SHADE??

 

Grape arbor, June 11, just before I had to cut it back again.

May 17, will there be ANY grapes this year?!

June 19, grapes coming in.

May 17, north bed still a mess from winter.

June 19, north bed planted with peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and mulched.

Center garden in bloom May 17, lavender on right of plot, patchy thyme, beans just planted along fence.

June 11, lavender explosion!, thyme filled in, beans starting to climb along the fence.

 

So, don’t forget to take pictures, kids!

 

fall planting

September 1, 2011

I’ve never planted a second harvest before, but this year I decided to give it a try because 1) Crest is currently flogging some fall vegetable seedlings that look really cute in the container they planted; 2) the purple beans pretty much gave up in the heatwave last month, so I decided to evict them and see if someone else could put out for me. Compared to my trauma over the potential loss of the grapes, this strikes me as a more robust attitude towards death in the garden.

Having consulted, of course, with Guru Vincent, Guru Regina, and Guru Clark, I decided to try some broccoli and brussels sprouts here, in the former purple-bean-bed:

The bigger brussels sprout plant towards the front is one I grew from seed this spring. I’ve never had luck with brussels sprouts from seed, and really this one isn’t all that much farther along than the new seedlings. Obviously, it was a mistake to try seeds in the spring when they’re really a fall plant. It remains to be seen if there’s enough heat left in the season to grow these guys.

I also got one of the felt containers from Crest and used it for some kale (center) and collards (ringing round).

This is also the time to get your out-of-bloom perennials on sale. I took a Culver’s Root plant for the perennial garden, to give the center a little height next summer.

And a Pagodatree bush, which I put in one of the cool pots I got on sale at Paley’s this summer.

Otherwise, the late planted potatoes seem to be on track for a late fall harvest:

The tomato beds are chaotic and wild:

Those basil seedlings are looking good:

But some of the creeping thyme (mostly the wooly thyme) has not thrived, boo:

It’s pretty close to where I tore out the beans, so maybe it will get the hint and shape up. If not, I have plenty of other creeping thyme wot I will transplant over there. Hear?!

they come in purple

July 10, 2011

This year I tried some bush beans that said they were purple. I stuck the seeds in the ground at the end of May, and up they came. The flowers are purple:

And, lo, the beans are purple!

They have a green heart (insert politically snappy simile) and they turn green when you cook them. The taste, for the record, is normal, not purple flavor.