June is a wonderful month in the garden. Flowers are in full bloom and I am able to bring in a bouquet to enjoy every week. I am almost finished planting the flowers I grew from seed. I have one large container to get done and that’s it. Time to put my feet up, not.
You see the kitchen garden is starting to produce. The new kitchen garden beds are thriving. They were going to be fruit beds but we got them in too late for berries so we will transplant the blueberries next spring. This year the beds are home to tomatoes, basil and peppers. We are going to work on finishing the front edge of the two beds this weekend. Hopefully we can round off the edge with bricks as this weedy dirt area meets up with the lawn. We need to get some good supports in place for the tomato plants. Tomato cages are never tall enough for the indeterminate tomato plants.
I rarely grow sweet peas but decided to plant some along one of the raised beds and along a fence in the dahlia garden. Am I ever glad I did! The fragrance is divine and I have hundreds of flowers to share. I hope they are still in bloom for a friend’s wedding in July. As long as they are picked every couple of days they should continue to bloom.
Below the sweet peas I have carrots and beets on the go. I had hoped for some beet greens but leaf miner larva is eating the leaves. That makes the leaves unappealing for salads. It looks like the carrots will be ready in a few weeks. I have some celery in this bed as well. I am trying out a red celery this year. At the far end I have some pumpkin plants for the grandkids to enjoy.
The garlic bed is full of scapes waiting for me to harvest them. It’s only a couple of weeks before I harvest the garlic. I have a flat of cauliflower seedlings waiting for this bed. Remember the crazy price of cauliflower last year? I will add some aged manure and organic fertilizer to the soil between crops. After all, the garlic has been here for almost nine months. The soil will need some feeding for new crops to do well.
The tomatoes have never looked better. I spent last night tying in loose branches to the support system. There are tiny tomatoes forming on the plants. In behind the tomato bed is a bed full of onions. The idea is to have enough onions and garlic to last all winter.
This variegated tomato is producing a striped fruit by the looks of it. I love the tiny hairs along the stems. I am growing this variegated tomato for a seed bank. Its variegated leaves look odd for a tomato plant. As a seedling in the greenhouse I kept thinking there was something wrong with it.
It’s a good thing I took a photo of these tall peas as the wind came up and they all fell over. I should have had a stronger support system for them. What worked for the Lincoln Homesteader peas, does not work for Alderman Telephone peas. Okay the word ‘telephone’ should have told me they would be tall. I am growing them for seed so I need to figure out how to right them back in place. For now a trusty length of baling twine is holding them up. I am now harvesting peas every couple of days. The Lincoln Homesteader peas only grow to 3′ and are almost finished. The Alderman peas mature later so picking hasn’t begun yet. It’s almost better to have them mature at different times.
I am one of the worst lettuce growers but this one makes me happy. I had some small harvests from my first crop and then the temperature got too warm and things started to bolt. Luckily I had planted successively so more lettuce was on the way. It’s now cooled down and the salad crops are happier. Today I planted more chervil and arugula to add to our summer salads.
The raspberries are reddening! I am enjoying my daily serving of fruit while in the garden. Yes, not one berry has made it inside yet. It’s the same with the strawberries in containers. We tend to eat them while in the garden.
I love onions and grow them from both sets and from seed. Sets are easier but they don’t always work out. I planted some sets last year and harvested most of them. I must have missed a few. I now have four onion sets looking like this. Yes, it’s going to seed but it’s so pretty. I am a big seed saver so its okay that this onion is bolting. I may have to experiment with the seeds from the plants.
I am also growing a tomato called ‘Sylvan Gaume’ for its seeds. So far this plant doesn’t have a strong stem. It tends to flop over sideways. It’s supposed to produce fruit up to 3 pounds but its branches could never hold that kind of weight. Time will tell if this is a good producer or not. Hoping this is another good tomato year as we are low on salsa and that can’t happen.