|I came home from my trip to my edible Batchelor's Buttons in bloom. The bees love them!|
I had such a great time on my trip to The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts with my BFF Roda. We did a wide variety of activities and they were done at "Mom" speed not "kid" speed. If you are a parent, you know what I mean! I have lots to share from the trip but first I have to deal with gardening reality. I think I forgot to tell my gardens to take the week off. I cannot believe how much has changed in just a week! My son did a fabulous job watering everything and 95% of the plants look great. The day after I got back, pad and pen in hand, I walked the beds and made a list of everything to be done. Welcome home.
|The Edible Garden exploded!|
I have cabbages and sunflowers ready to be hardened off and I think it's time to start the kales inside. I plan on planting Tuscany and Red Russian varieties. The radishes I planted are so huge they are now inedible so they need to be pulled and new seeds planted.
I need to dead head the rhododendrons and the marigolds and mulch the blueberries and lingonberries with peat moss.
I bought two planters at the Brimfield Antiques Fair and I have decided to plant two blueberry bushes in them and position them in the front garden. The bushes are in my back beds and aren't getting enough light.
I have herbs growing in the front and back gardens and it is time to start harvesting and drying them for winter use.
|Love the Peppermint Chard!|
The New Zealand Spinach is thriving in the Edible Garden and I plan to start cooking with it this week (recipes to follow) but there is so much of it I'm going to pick, blanch and freeze some for later in the year.
In the back veggie beds I need to weed, weed and weed some more! I also need to plant more green onions and lettuce, harvest carrots and reseed, hill the volunteer potatoes (thank you!) and harvest, use and freeze more rhubarb. I have lots of cabbage ready to go, so starting some sauerkraut is a must.
|Back veggie beds|
|My container garden. I think I have lost all the potatoes.|
|The tomatoes are holding on, but barely. No bumper crop for me this year.|
|I made the first fresh coleslaw of the year last night.|
|Green beans are coming! This branch looks like a preying mantis.|
See you in the garden,