I discovered it is possible to be both early and late at the same time! Okay, maybe not in the exact same moment, but for me in the same day – The first weekend in May, I swam in my pool AND planted my garden. Planting my garden in MAY?! Major lateness! But that first swim in the pool, so refreshing and very early in the season. Of course now I’m finishing this post in
late June early mid July and we had a huge stretch of rainy cool weather in May and now are being blasted with summer heat.
My garden this year is 100% raised boxes – I have my lingering asparagus patch which I’m slowly hacking away at, 5 years of roots yikes! The whole area is looking great, covered the ground with new rocks (thanks DH for hauling them from the driveway) and created a circular flower/herb garden with cement blocks.
The beautiful zucchini and summer squash in the picture (front box) sadly were infested with the dreaded squash vine borers so have been pulled out and the grubs exterminated. I re-planted a couple zucchini but have decided next year I am not going to try growing them anymore. I have tried everything short of living out in the garden box with the squash to deter these dang SVBs! SO! I’m going to support our local farmers by buying my squash from them and will use the space (and my energy) on strawberries and blueberries – yum! I had some fun yesterday researching which varieties grow best here and look forward to my blueberry bushes arriving in the fall.
Other plants I have growing are tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuces. I am also growing some milkweed plants from seed – last year we had over 20 caterpillars we were raising into Monarch butterflies and there was a shortage of food for them so I’m trying out growing some. A few days ago I had two Monarch caterpillars enjoying them (only 1 in the picture).
I also have Swallowtail caterpillars on my dill plants – this is the first year I’ve really paid attention to these ones and seeing them in their various n-star stages.
My favorite outdoor project this year so far is this multi-tier planter I created, which I had no idea the sweet potato vines would grow so fast and full!
The annual Herb Bar is in place, the super hot weather has not been kind to them eventhough they are in the shade – I think I’ve let them dry out too much too many times (oops) – and they are looking kinda straggly right now – but it looks so great when they are first planted!
Looking forward to my summer vacation in about a month with swimming, kayaking and relaxing on the schedule 🙂