When it comes to the garden there are changes going on all of the time. Just like in life, time moves forward whether we are ready or not! The garden has moved from showing off spring flowers on to growing our fruit and veggies and showing off some early summer flowers. We live in County Louth, and although other parts of the country have had rain, it has missed us for the good part of 4 weeks. I can really see and feel the dryness in the garden.
Look at that grass! Granted, we don’t pay any attention to the grass other than mowing it (probably too short, I might add), but it is usually *green* and not yellow. Anyway, this is an early June look at our pumpkin and zucchini (courgette) plants, along with our blueberry and strawberry plants, and our pear tree.
The organic zucchini plant was given to me in May. Actually, I did a little bit of a swap, and traded sunflowers for zucchini. It is great to find someone who grows organically and likes to share! We mixed in a good amount of our compost when we planted them.
The picture above is of one of my pumpkin plants. Pumpkins LOVE compost. We worked in as much compost as we could into this bed. The seed for this plant is actually from the pumpkins I grew in 2016. While I did try to grow from last year’s seeds, they didn’t produce anything. So I then tried the seeds from the previous year, and “Bob’s your Uncle” – they grew! 🙂
The blueberry plants are overladen with berries this year and the berries are growing to a nice size! I am still trying to figure out if my soil has enough acidity for blueberries, as some years they do well and some they don’t. I’ve given them lots of my compost early on in the season, and I’ve kept them watered during this dry spell. We’ll see how it ends up!
The strawberries are still *very* green, and not very big. They, too, were lucky recipients of our compost (there is never enough compost, so I have to pick and choose which plants get it!). I’ve also made sure to water them, so again, I’m hopeful that over the next week or two we’ll get some nice color in them (and a little bit more growth!).
Our pear tree is doing well again this year. It is only in the past few years that it has produced fruit, but boy was it worth the wait! These guys are teeny tiny right now, and only the width of a small finger.
I have tried a new location for sunflowers this year. I’ve alternated garlic and potatoes in this bed over the past few years, so it was time for a change. We apparently didn’t dig up all of the spuds last year, as there are some growing up between the sunflowers… These lovely plants are all grown from my sunflower seeds from last year. My father-in-law kindly started them for me in his greenhouse. They have really shot up over the past number of weeks, and look to be quite happy!
I really should write a post just on compost, because it is so beneficial! I’ll put that on my to-do list. Here’s a look at our “summer” compost heap:
I have a separate tumbler for food compost, but I think I will leave that picture for another post! Thankfully, no one can really see our compost heap, and the sight of it certainly doesn’t bother me given how good it is for the garden! But I really don’t want to end with pictures of my compost. I’m going to first show you a picture of tulips and our Hawthorn trees when they were beautifully in bloom with white flowers. This year I really think the flowers came and went too quickly! And then I’m going to end with a picture of an early summer plant (peony).
I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of my June garden. Anything tasty or pretty growing in yours?