I spent some time in my kitchen garden checking on my babies and pulling weeds. The only negative that find in gardening is weeds. In the above picture are Sugar Baby watermelons, cantaloupe, and a yellow watermelon which I have never grown before.
I cut down on my peppers this year. I have an orange, red and green belle. I lost my white belle. I have a Tabasco and a jalapeno planted as well.
My Blue Lake pole beans are starting to climb. Hopefully I will have a good crop. I did remove the weeds and laid a path of newspaper and leaves to help keep the weeds down.
My sunflowers are getting huge. I started these in bottles during the winter. You can see my post on Greenhouse Bottles here.
I have a small bed of lettuce, which is looking good. I have a shady spot, that receives some sun, so I’m going to start another bed this week. Homegrown lettuce taste so much better than store brought.
My cucumbers are starting to climb. A few have latched onto my make-shift trellis, but it looks like I will have to train one. I used left over rabbit fencing for my trellis staked with 2 fence posts. Last year I used a bamboo trellis, it didn’t work very well. I have Marketmore, Lemon, Boston Pickling and Salt and Peppers cukes in this area.
This is garlic, which I will be digging up in another 1 – 2 weeks. This is the first season that I was able to grow it successfully. The first season I planted in the spring, and it did not do well. I planted this crop last fall and it has done great. The leaves are starting to dead back, so it’s getting close to harvest time. I can’t wait to use fresh garlic in my recipes this summer and into the winter.
Stay tuned for a future post on the other veggies in the garden. I’ll be starting my seeds for my fall crops, cauliflower, kale, spinach, and collards. What’s growing in your garden? Leave a comment and I’ll stop by to check out what’s thriving.