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The Garden at the End of June

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It’s hard to believe that June is almost behind us.  The fall and winter garden is finishing, and my summer garden is growing well. Challenges have been typically seasonal, with long hot stretches of no rain which means I’ve been focusing on mulching and watering if needed.

Winter & Early Spring Garden Remnants

Most of my multiplier onions have been harvested,
except for a few I’m allowing to make bulbils.

Celery flowers on the surviving celery base I rooted and planted.

My heat resistant Jericho lettuce is finally bolting, except for the little bit in the keyhole garden.

The romaine lettuce on the right is Jericho. The
others are bolting. All grown from saved seed.

Perennials

I’ve tried to steer clear of planting perennials in my veggie garden, but these raspberries picked this spot so I’ve accommodated them! 

Cattle panel raspberry trellis

I’ve tried for years to grow raspberries, but have had poor success. When they showed up at the end of one of my garden beds, I said ‘okay!’

It hasn’t been a bumper crop, but I’ve gotten
some to enjoy on my morning granola!

This shot was taken earlier this month, before I cut the lettuce for salads.
The strawberries are sending out runners, so I hope to plant another bed.

Little pots for rooting strawberry runners.

For diligent watering, I’m rewarded with
another handful of berries here and there.

Summer Garden


Where should I start? How about tomatoes?
I’ve had Matt’s Wild Cherry Tomatoes volunteer
everywhere. They’ve been the first to ripen.

My standard varieties are still green. Here they
are with Swiss chard in the foreground.

On the other side of the row is a volunteer squash. I have no idea
what kind. The only flowers so far are male, so bah humbug.
This one is another volunteer on the other side of the garden.
It’s probably cushaw, which has always done well for me.
Sweet potato squash is a new variety for me. So far,
so good, except it attracts the most squash beetles.
I was able to obtain some landrace winter squash, so I planted it too.

It started off well, but one of the plants seemed to suffer during our
hot dry spell. I composted and watered it, and new leaves are greener.
I planted melon in one of the hoop house beds. First I tried
Green Nutmeg which didn’t show. Then Hale’s Best, which did.
In the same bed, I planted something new to me, Malabar
red-stemmed spinach. It’s a vining summer type of spinach.
Sweet potato bed with olla and volunteer tomato.

Cherokee flour corn, an heirloom from Virginia, with more volunteer
cherry toms. The sweet potato squash is at the far end of the right bed.

I planted cornfield pole beans in the front porch trellis bed. The cornfield variety don’t mind some shade, so they were a good choice for a spot that only gets afternoon sun.
Also in the picture are more volunteer Matt’s
wild cherry toms, yarrow, 4 o’clocks, and olla.

Foraging
Lambs quarter has been beautiful and abundant this year.
It’s a favorite green, and I’ve canned more than a dozen pints.

Landrace Experiment
I read Joseph Lofthouse’s Landrace Gardening a little too late for most things, so this year, I’m just focusing on landrace cucumbers.
Two varieties of cucumber. You can also see bolting
Jericho lettuce, dried oats, and a volunteer turnip.

Step two in creating landrace vegetables (see all the steps hereis to “plant two or three varieties close together to encourage cross-pollination. Can be heirloom, open-pollinated, or F1 hybrid seed.” I had seed from three varieties of cucumber that have done well for me in past years, so I planted them all in the same row: Dar, Straight Eight, and Boston Pickling. Next year, we’ll see what we get.


Lots of photos! Hopefully, I didn’t go over-board. How about you? How does your garden grow at the end of June?



Source: https://www.5acresandadream.com/2021/06/the-garden-at-end-of-june.html


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