Even though the deer ate the Strawberries to the ground in Fall, they made a resurgence in early spring.
There’s plenty of new growth.
As we approached June, the Strawberry plants got stronger and appeared to make fruit.
There’s not bushels of berries to be had but considering the feast that the deer made of them last season, we’ll be happy with the yield.
For this year we’ll keep the Strawberries contained in these beds but may move them into a new area for next season when there are enough specimens to sample from.
The front beds did pretty well also so far. I’d like to see more Hyacinth and Tulips next year.
Muscari and Peonies.
I had a gig downtown in front of City Hall at Niagara Square. There were these black Tulips that caught my eye. I have to get some.
The beds were really getting antagonized by weeds. I hadn’t gotten to them as soon as I normally do.
We cleared the beds and prepared them for planting.
As expected, Oregano made a comeback.
The Herb garden contains Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Cilantro, Dill, and Parsley. Outside the bed some Snapdragons are coming up.
Pyrethrum Daisy didn’t flower last year but came back and brought friends.
Pyrethrum is a natural pest deterrent and the extract is used in many natural repellents.
Yellow Iris and lots of Daylilies line the garden again this season.
The Iris really love being submerged along the edge of the pond.
Brenda took the canoe into the pond and clipped all the Cattails out. We got a solid rain soon after and all our roof run off is piped in. We’re hoping this helps the overall health of the pond.
Speaking of Iris. Look at these beauties.
Tomatoes, Banana Peppers, Garlic Chive, and Onion Chive growing together with a backdrop of Daylilies. We’ve started turning the grass and weeds growing in the paths and planted Dutch White Clover in it’s place. We’re hoping the clover take over, choking out the grass and weeds, while providing a pretty path to walk on.
Last year’s old Winter Squash and Pumpkin row is now home to Dutch White Clover. The Clover is a natural nitrogen fixer we can chop back in for the soil’s health. The Squash is a real nutrient consumer. This will help with next year’s plants.
Even though we had a lot of Snow Peas for freezing last season, we wanted even more this year. They are so tasty and go well with everything. Along the base of the Snow Peas are Jolly Jester Marigold and few random Summer Squash for when the Peas are done.
So far there are Beets and Cucumbers in a couple beds. We still have some hot relish and one jar of pickles left from last year. Perfect timing.
Freezing and canning has gotten really fun and rewarding. It’s neat to be eating last season’s harvest while growing the current season. We still have a few jars of spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, hot relish, salsa, and pickles on hand. Much of what I’ve grown this year are from seeds I collected from last season’s harvest. That’s about as satisfying as it gets.
There’s still a lot of work to do and planting to be done and it’s getting late in the season already. Some of the seeds are now going to wait for a Fall planting. Time to trade some garden work for food.
The more you grow, the less you mow.™ Eat My Plants.