Sunday, June 21, 2009

~I Love June~

At the beginning of June, newly planted things are beginning to take off and each day you can see them getting bigger, and taller. By the end of June, you're starting to reap the awards. We've been eating cucumbers, squash, and today I had my first cherry tomato. I've been waiting for that for a long, long time.

As you can see the cucumbers are beginning to grow up the trellis. We grow the little picklers which are our favorite. They only get 5 to 6 inches long, but are so very tasty. We've planted plenty for market too.

The Green Beans have flowers all over them so it's just a matter of time before they start producing. Perennial garden is getting prettier and prettier. I'm still waiting for my tall garden Phlox to open up, which is my favorite besides coneflowers, but that will be soon.

I hope you all are enjoying June as much as I do.

Happy Gardening!

Monday, June 15, 2009

~Cukes - Beets & Flowers~

The cucumbers are starting to produce finally. We grew the little picklers called Diva which are our favorite besides the Lemon, but it will be a while before the Lemon ones to start producing. We got them in later. We had some of the Diva's for dinner tonight. Yummy!

The Beets have gone nuts this year. My husband is very proud of them. Would you belive I haven't had a beet since I was little. My mom use to pickle them, and I wasn't very fond of them back then. We've had several people who have bought them at market recently tell us to try roasting them. I guess I'll have to give it a try, although they still don't look very appetizing to me. ha!
Here's my husband cleaning them....well part of him anyway. He wanted all of them in the photo, and the only way I could was to cut off his head. hahaha!

Here's a few scenes from my perennial garden. I have a lot of things blooming, and a lot of things getting ready to bloom.

We're still trying to get our pathways finished, and I need to get mulch down in my perennial beds. It's been harder this year for both of us. We can't work outside all day like we did last year. We go out in the morning, work for a few hours, come in and rest. Go out after lunch, work for an hour or so, then come in and rest. hahaha! least we're still able to garden, and we both do still love it.

Happy Gardening!
Till next time,

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

~Nasturtiums & Coneflowers~

Things are really starting to bloom now that June is here. I've yet to get my beds mulched, and I still have my market sunflowers I need to plant. I'll be behind the other vendors with selling them this season, although they don't grow the same type I do. I grow the Pro-Cut type that is sold for the flower industry. They have a sturdier stalks, and the blooms are simply gorgeous.
I've been fighting allergies for the past 3 weeks with a sore throat, swollen eyes, and oh my gosh, I've sneezed so much I feel like my brains have leaked out. I haven't had much of an appetite, and no energy at all to go out and plant. I'm on my second package of sinus meds, and I am feeling much better today. Keep your fingers crossed this will be the end of it.

I started some Nasturtiums in the hoop house this spring right in hanging baskets, with the intention of selling them at market. They didn't get there. I love them so much I kept all four of them.
This one is called Lipstick. The flowers are larger than the regular ones, and are double blooms. I will definitely grow this one again next year. I've added a Bacopa plant - Snowflake - with them.

This one is Empress of India with Bacopa.

Coneflowers are one of my favorite perennials. They bloom all summer long, and my butterflies love them.

Here's some that's blooming now.

Our Farmer's Market is going great! We've sold twice as much as we did at this time last year, so we're really encouraged and happy about it.
I didn't make it last week since I was down with my allergies. My poor husband had to man the booth all by himself and he said it was the busiest day ever. It was also our most profitable day ever. We had picked a bushel of Snap peas to take...those sold out within the first hour. He also sold all of the Beets, Swiss Chard, Spring onions, and almost a whole case of his Pickled Peppers he canned last fall.
If there is ever another time I can't be there, we're going to have to get someone to help him out. Poor guy came home and collapsed in his recliner and slept for 2 hrs. ha!

That's about it for now!
Happy Gardening!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

~June is finally here~

I don't know about you, but May seemed to fly by. Weatherwise it was a strange pattern for us. Hot, then cold with freezing night time temps, then hot again. It went out with a bang though. Thunderstorms came through Friday night with rotating clouds, and tornado warnings in several counties all around us. Only a couple of touch-downs, and thank goodness not a lot of damage.

June came in hot and dry, and we could really use some rain now. We're expecting some tomorrow, and I've got my fingers crossed it doesn't go north or south of us like it has been.
The gardens are starting to produce. We've been picking Sugar Snap peas for over a week now, and the Swiss Chard is gorgeous. The tomatoes have nice sized fruit on them, and the peppers have lots of flowers. The Cucumbers, Green Beans, and Squash are starting to take off too.

I started my Zinnia plants early in the hoophouse, so I could get earlier blooms for my bouquets for market this season. They are starting to bloom and I'm very excited about a new one I ordered from Johnny's in the fall. They are called Queen Red Lime, and they are gorgeous!
This one is just now starting to open, but you can see that it is going to be a beauty.

My perennial garden is starting to come alive with color. Here's a few of the plants that are blooming.

I have a hair appointment tomorrow at noon, to get this mop cut. I've let it grow out a little this spring, but I think I'm ready for a shorter do for summer. It's so much cooler and easier to take care.
That's about all that going on around here. I still have some annuals I grew from seed to plant, and I hope to finish doing that soon.

Take care friends!
Happy Gardening!