The State of the Garden ~ June 6th, 2012

Heat, then two weeks of rain followed by intense sun and more heat. Perfect conditions for putting the summer garden in. The only downfalls are that the heat weakens the transplants a little before they really have a chance to get started, and the wet + heat combo is a recipe for powdery mildew, which we do have some of. The powdery mildew is on our squash plants, which is normal, and on the black berries bordering our driveway, which need to be pulled out anyway, and on some of the hedges bordering our yard.

Besides that most of the plants are doing well.



The huge volunteer potatoes.


Parsley and me. We’ve already been eating off of these plants quite hardily.


Pumpkin starts. They wilt a little every day in the heat of the sun, as do the squash starts along the fence. By late afternoon though they are springy once again.





Look how tiny these tomato plants look in their giant cages. They look like babies standing in grown up pants.


A zucchini plant along the back fence.


The swiss chard is really bulking up.


Fresh beet seedlings emerging (in the center of the photo).


Basil starts.


The second sewing of swiss chard, coming on full force.


A volunteer sunflower.



Most of the nasturtium seedlings now have three leaves.


Celery. I have three small rows of celery planted in and have to decide where to place the last two or three plants.


Found this bucket of raspberries canes for free on the sidewalk the other day. There were three buckets out for the taking and I took the lightest and lugged it home by hand even though I was wearing the baby in the front pack and walking both dogs. Pass up free raspberries plants? I don’t think so. A raspberry patch is now scheduled to go in just behind the garlic bed.

Bye for now.


About Erin O'Neill

Hi, my name is Erin O'Neill. I am a part time urban homesteader and a full time homemaker and new mom. I enjoy canning my own food, crafting, raising chickens and working my bit of land. This blog is for anyone who wants to hear about the day to day struggles and successes of incorporating the old ways of life back into today's busy world.
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