What's growing in the garden | June 2016

The month of June has been hard for our garden because it hasn't rained very much. Hand watering every day has kept the crops vibrant and verdant as the grass around the garden has turned brown and brittle.

During June we planted: arugula, scarlet runner beans, potatoes, basil, thai basil and lots of flowers.

We harvested: peas, pea shoots, lettuce, arugula, kale, sage, thyme, and parsley.

At the beginning of June we added a new raised bed to our garden. Called the 'Mega-Bed' it measures 8 feet by 8 feet, and the back half is two feet tall. We don't have enough compost to fill the entire (giant!) space right now. We emptied our compost bins into the bed and planted potatoes into the organic matter. As more composted material becomes available we will add it on top of the growing potato plants.

We are growing over 45 crops in the garden this year, including three varieties of cucumbers. The pickle variety above will create a teepee of cucumber plants by the end of the summer. This morning I saw the first cucumber fruit!

Despite the hot, dry weather, our five pumpkin plants have been growing like crazy. They seem to grow a foot overnight! Last year many of our pumpkins were picked and smashed on the neighbors driveway. We're hoping that won't happen again this year.

A few cool-weather crops, including arugula, radishes and spinach, all bolted early this season. It was a shame we didn't get to eat some of these crops, however we are letting the flower stalks produce seeds which we will save for next season. Above are crimson clover seeds, a parsley flower, a carrot flower and radish flowers and seed pods. 

How is your garden growing this June?

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