Until this past week, our weather has been so cool and rainy, I was beginning to think we would only be able to grow lettuce and spinach, this year. But true to Nebraska form, the weather turned quite abruptly and we experienced the first days hot enough to send my trembling finger to the thermostat and switch on the air. While I would have preferred to wait on that particular event, the flowers and garden plants loved the switch to hot, humid weather and a few days of it has set them to their work of growing and producing.
This is the smallest garden I can ever remember cultivating, but I wanted to be sure that I would be able to move it easily when we relocate. So, as you remember from my previous gardening post, I am using EarthBoxes instead of my favorite square-foot gardening. I actually like them, quite a bit. The water reservoir in the bottom provides a self-watering system that allows me to go several days without worrying about the plants drying out. Another great feature is that they are deep, so realistically root crops could be grown in them a little easier than in the typical six-inch deep square-foot garden box. (I have stacked two square foot garden boxes and successfully grown potatoes and carrots, though. )
It has been so cool and even cold at night, that I haven’t planted anything new, since my first foray into the garden. However, I am still hoping to get a couple cucumber plants in, this weekend. At any rate, I wanted to share some of the progress in the gardens with you, now that the weather is consistently warm. The tomatoes are spreading and reaching for the sun and have reached a point where I will definitely need to be staking them. They are sporting several blooms and promising abundant fruit. The nursery was out of jalapeno pepper plants the day I visited and I picked up something called a salsa pepper, instead. I have been a little disappointed with them, as they haven’t seemed to grow. Yesterday morning, I opened the blinds to see a full-grown pepper hanging from one of the tiny plants, however. So, small as they are, they are capable of producing and I’m looking forward to a new batch of hot pepper jelly! The thyme and chives seem to be thriving in their ceramic pot. They were quite small when I planted them and are growing quite nicely. The oregano, doesn’t seem to have grown at all, though I admit it is my first year growing it, so I’m not quite sure what to expect.
The flower garden didn’t produce quite the color show I was hoping for at our senior’s graduation, but now, two weeks later, is finally beginning to bloom and show off its vibrance. In another week, I anticipate it to be loaded with blooms and color. The lilies are just beginning to show some blooms, but have dozens of buds waiting to open. The columbine is beautiful in scarlet and my yellow yarrow is in full bloom, (I really need to trim that back and shape it up a bit), although the burgundy yarrow hasn’t even budded out, yet. Dianthus is blooming, as are the pretty daisy-like flowers I can’t remember the name of. I think it started with an “h”. I originally bought it because the foliage was so unusual with different shaped leaves. This plant is an overachiever, however, producing not only beautiful green foliage, but lovely flowers, too.
I heart spring.
How is your garden coming? We’d love to hear about it or see some pictures!