Sunday, May 17, 2020

Saturday Progress - And a Tour of My Gardens.

I am achy!  It was almost 80 degrees yesterday and sunny.  Friday was about the same.  The five days prior the daily high temperature was between 54 and 66 degrees.  The sudden heat wiped me out yesterday but I loved it.

I baked the bread I planned. Then I mowed the part of the lawn around the garden with plans to finish the mowing after I planted.  Well, between weeding, feeding, prepping the beds and finally planting, I ran out of steam and time.  So today I have to finish mowing and continue with the gardens.  I also want to bake cookies or brownies.  Then tonight I'll start laundry and change linens and if that migrates into the work week so be it.

I planted 15 pepper plants (5 varieties), 8 tomato plants (8 varieties), 5 zucchini plants (2 varieties) and 2 cucumber plants. 

Pepper plants, zukes way up top, radishes on the left.

Tomatoes and that far right corner will have cucumber seeds planted.
I also have my permanent herb garden that I cover in the winter. 
Many different herbs, chard, sorrel, kale, lettuce, and purple sugar snap peas.
I still have basil, parsley and shiso to plant as well as several flowers. 
Shiso in the front, basil, mexican tarragon, lavender hyssop & chamomile.
Next I have to continue on with the squash/sunflower garden.  Worked a little on that, but need to expand another 1.5 feet.  There is a giant tree on the other side of our fence that has huge roots all over my yard, so I'll be gardening in between.  Makes for difficult digging.  We have clay soil too which is also a pain.  I'll dig as deep as I can, amend with some peat moss and compost and see what happens.
New squash/gourd garden.  Bee balm and lemon balm in the foreground, 2 blueberry bushes in the back.
Then I need to expand a garden on the side of the house, hack back the overgrown flowering quince shrubs and plant my flowers, more herbs and my pumpkin seeds.
Flowers & herbs will be on the left of the quince.
Pumpkin will go in between the a/c and quince.

Mint, chocolate mint, chives and edible flowers.

I also need to edge and clean up my little mint and chive patch. 

Since COVID-19 hit I decided that instead of annual flowers, I'd plant more veggies in my pots. 
Lettuce mix and spinach.
I didn't take a picture of it but the front garden is shrubs and perennials that are focused on feeding pollinators and butterflies.  That garden is a mess of weeds so that will be a future weekend project.

Well I hope you enjoyed the tour.  I would honestly become a homesteader if I had help outside from the LoML.  The gardens I have are a lot of work.  I'd love to get chickens and maybe a goat or 2 but my city won't allow it so veggie gardens are it.

Happy Sunday!  I hope yours is more restful than mine.


  1. Wow, you have done a lot of work and planted so much. good job.

  2. Thanks for your comment! I love being out doors and my work is so stressful I need my garden to keep my sanity.


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