I’ve made it to that mid-point in my gardening season. Cool weather crops are done and warm weather crops aren’t really ready yet. I do still have lettuces and of course, herbs. But that’s about it for the next few weeks.
It’s been a busy June/early July and I haven’t been able to keep up with work in the garden. Now I have a few weeks where I can put in the time and really get things fixed up. I thought it might be interesting to show you the before and after of a real life garden. Not so pretty before. But definitely worth the work for the after.
This self seeded sunflower is monstrous!
Honeysuckle vine is doing well, no aphids this year. However, one of the vines did die, though the second one is so robust it’s hard to even tell that one is missing this year.
View from the deck to the back wall.
Garage side garden in a mid-season transition.
Peas are done, lots of weeds and some squash plants.
Peppers and sunflowers, some lettuce and marigolds. And weeds!
Compost bin and rhubarb.
The back wall is a mishmash of perennials, annuals, garlic and lots of weeds. Needs a clean up.
The wall lines the entire back property line of our yard.
It’s a good lettuce year! No bugs and cooler weather. This needs a major thinning. Time to eat some salad.
Strawberries, gladiolus, a few impatiens and some straw that decided to seed itself and grow some annoying green growth. Needs a clean up and prep work for the strawberry runners that are starting to grow.
More of the gladiolus, impatiens and strawberries.
New “Believe” rock from my sister-in-law.
Whoa! Okay, so this is a crazy raised bed. From this view you can see borage, garlic, onion, a volunteer lettuce, and dill. Time to harvest the garlic scapes.
The rest of the crazy raised bed is not quite as crazy. It’s home to two very small eggplant, three kinds of kale, volunteer red orach, marigolds and Swiss chard. Things are going well here. It needs some weeding and some plant food on those sad eggplant, but I think once we have a long hot spell those will do just fine.
So many weeds. Raspberries are back there as well as a potted eggplant that is doing great. And the mint which is recovering from a bunny incident.
There is a rock garden under there somewhere.
Herbs are doing fine. There is a ton of purslane in this raised bed that needs to be pulled, but once that is done this should be low to no maintenance for the rest of the season.
Beans climbing a support. Need to get my landscaping rocks back in their spots… they seem to walk off with my kids.
This area needs a clean up. That dill is good for now, but will probably be done in a few weeks.
Basil is finally getting to a point where I can begin harvesting. I will plant some more in another location for later in the season.
This is a container of carrots… and weeds.
Another view of the kale, Swiss chard and orach.
Overhead view shows the extent of weeds taking over the patio.
This side of the patio has few weeds, but still needs some work. The dill sure looks cool from this view!
Honeysuckle and deck from above.
Lawn from above.
I have three tomatoes in pots this year. They look small right now and they are. But they are healthy and the weather at my house has been cool. I am confident that these will take off very soon.
One week later, things are looking much better! Here are the after photos:
With weeds gone, the squash seems happier.
Nutterbutter squash plants are getting bigger.
Cucumbers just about ready to start climbing.
I still have plenty of lettuce here. Also peppers, sunflowers and marigolds. I’ve also added some basil seeds here, hoping to get a late summer crop to go with tomatoes.
Back wall looks much nicer now with weeds gone.
I like the color back here. And at night I can see the white flower from the house.
A view of the garage.
I topped off the older strawberry plants and will now let the runners go wherever they please.
I “believe” the garden looks better now!
Weeded, but still jam packed. Soon the garlic will come out and the dill will take over.
Weed free, for now. Second container of carrots moved over here.
I love all the colors of kale, orach and chard together.
Swiss chard has the most beautiful leaves.
Raspberries are getting very tall now! We put in a support to try to keep them upright, hopefully it holds.
Pot o’ eggplant.
Herb garden is in such good shape right now.
There’s the rock garden! I knew it was under those weeds somewhere.
I’m very happy with my Climbing French green beans. They are perfectly ascending this support and have flowers starting on the bottom.
Lavender, dill and chamomile.
A very tall sunflower. It keeps getting taller! I will have to pull out a measuring tape soon.
Tomatoes are still looking good and starting to get bigger. They are definitely behind schedule though, so at this point I’m hoping for a nice long summer.
A nice place to sit.
My happy place.
View of the patio garden. I did plant some nasturtiums which are supposed to rise up and meet that sun, but they are only about a foot tall right now.
Another view of the patio garden.
Another view of the deck.
Garlic with scapes. The scapes are now ready for harvest and the garlic will stay in for about another month.
Overhead view of herbs and honeysuckle.
Overhead view of deck.
Raspberries and mint.
Overhead of raspberries, beans and nasturtium.