Monday, June 30, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
One of the main reasons for creating an edible landscape in the front of our house was the amazing sun exposure. Our house faces south which means the back garden where all the vegetables are growing is in shade for some of the day. With two trees being removed due to disease from the strip next to the street, our front garden is now awash in sun all day. I needed to get my hands on this sun drenched earth!
Monday, June 23, 2014
My kitchen right now is overflowing with containers of strawberries. I thought we had an amazing strawberry crop last year but I am blown away by the quantity, size and taste of the berries coming out of my patch! The quality of the fruit this season is by far the best I've grown. I'm picking at least one bowl full each morning and we're happily making the most of strawberry season while it lasts. Here are some of the ways we are enjoying our berry abundance.
Friday, June 20, 2014
|These berries will turn bright red when ripe.|
When looking for plants for my edible garden, I knew I needed a ground cover for the front edges that would be pretty and practical. I needed a plant that would help with preventing soil erosion and, if possible, have an edible element. I originally planned on planting cranberries, which would have been an appropriate addition to a New England garden! Then, as I continued researching, I read about lingonberries and knew I had found my plant.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Everywhere I look in the garden right now, there are living things trying to eat me out of house and home. This year seems particularly bad. I'm being attacked from above, below and from all sides. If the squirrels were as obsessed with cabbage worms as they are with strawberries I wouldn't have a problem, but that would be too easy. Instead I have more pests to add to the "most wanted" list and some solutions I am trying.
Monday, June 16, 2014
|Roma tomato clusters are forming on all my container plants!|
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
It is only the end of the first week in June but I realized today that my morning ritual of walking the garden beds to see what will be on the day's menu has already begun. It feels early, which is ironic given all the frustration I experienced a few months ago due to the late start to the growing season! The choices are not as many as they will be in a month, but I love examining the plants, noting their progress and identifying the players in the evening's upcoming dinner theater.
Friday, June 6, 2014
|Taken from the porch, this is the left hand garden if facing the house.|
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Here we are in June and it feels like the hard slog of getting the garden up and running is over. With most of the summer crops planted now and the edible landscape project well under way I'm feeling good about the progress being made. Now comes watering and weeding and the monitoring for pests as well as increased harvests and planning how to preserve the fruits of my labors.