What’s was growing in the garden through June?
The beans, melon, spinach, cilantro, carrots, sage, and swiss chard are slowly coming up in the main garden space.
There’s one volunteer returning tomato plant, sprouting from a cherry tomato that dropped onto the soil last year.
I also have a healthy crop of purslane.
Did you know you can eat purslane? Given that it’s growing in my organic veggie garden, I may try a purslane salad one of these nights.
I re-potted other succulent house plants and moved them to bigger pots.
The two smaller plants stayed outside, but the aloe (on the right) came inside; it didn’t like the sun.
Which is weird for a succulent, but it may have been bad repotting. I ended up moving it to a different pot and it’s much happier.
The cute teapot planter on the right I found at Wal-Mart a few years ago.
It originally had a ‘saucer’ glued to the bottom, but that fell off (unbroken) last year.
June brought spectacular peonies.
I don’t think it’s possible to take a bad picture of peonies.
The house also came with a couple varieties of roses, which are quite lovely, but not my thing at all. June is always a festival of roses here.
The first is a climbing red rose that lives in the front of the house. I helped it find a wrought iron window box.
Below is another (nameless) rose growing in the backyard.
That Trouble Spot
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw a picture of the space by the garage.
First I removed the weeds. Then I formed raised beds.
And finally, I planted with beets from Our Little Roots, spinach, chard, and a variety of lettuces.
The space is shady in the morning, covered in sun late in the afternoon. This picture was taken at about noon.
As I’m writing this in late June, the seeds have sprouted and this space now has lovely little green leaves (mostly) everywhere.
Here are salad seedlings – a Mesclun-style mix of green and red lettuces and other things that I can’t remember.
And the teeny tiny beet seedlings, which definitely need to be thinned.
And though I swear I was going to take it easy this summer, I chopped down weeds along the back fence line so I could actually SEE the back fence AND the beautiful flowers near the fence.
And there’s this other garden space that just sort of happened.
I was at Home Depot late last season, and “just happened” to get good deals on a few straggler plants.
Of course now I can’t quite remember what they were.
They’re a little camera shy at the moment, though they are in the ground and starting to perk up.
The biggest thing that’s happening this summer, though, is the lack of rain.
I keep hoping for a long, gentle, soaking rain.
And mother nature does not deliver, so I’m watering most every night.
What’s growing in your garden this month?