How The Garden Grows: Early June

We’ve had rain and gray skies for over a week. On the one hand, we don’t have to water. On the other hand, you can practically hear the peppers crying for lack of sun. Still, the garden rolls on. We’ve had some big milestones since the last garden report: flowers on the potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers, onions that look like real plants, scapes for the harvesting, and even a tomato! A wee baby tomato!

We took the camera out in the garden to explore and to document.

The potato thicket is, as usual, out of control.

Potato Bed Overview

Potatoes Intermingling With Sage

June 3 2009

The garlic, meanwhile, is fabulous. We’ve been harvesting green garlic for pesto for weeks now, and had our first scape pesto last week.

Repeating Circles

X Marks The Spot

Next to the garlic bed, a few volunteer radishes from last year are coming up in the ground. Rather than pull them up, we’ve decided to let them flower and then go to seed. One’s a little ahead of the other, so we were able to compare the flowers to the buds.

Seed Radish

Radish Flowers

Radish Flower Buds

The onions have done their annual miracle of turning from this:

Onions Transplanted

to this:

Onion Bed

Onion in the Ground

The peppers are doing their thing despite the lack of sun. They’re already as big as they ever got last year. The Tolli’s Sweet Italian peppers are the first in the race to flower.

Pepper Bed, Up Close

Tolli's Sweet Pepper Flower

Inviting Peppers

And last but not least, the tomatoes are busting out all over! (Literally. There’s a volunteer tomato in the onion bed, nowhere near where we had tomatoes planted last year. It had better not be another yellow pear tomato — those plants have been springing up all over for the last two years. There will not be a third!)

Moreton & Black Plum

Mighty Ramapo

Hey, what’s that?

Moreton Tomato Growing

Yeah, that! Is that…

First Tomato of the Season

It is! A tomato! It’s a BLT in nature! In the immortal words of Grandpa Simpson, “I can’t wait to eat that monkey!”

Moreton Tomato

The one problem area of the garden might be the area between the Ramapos and the onions. It’s become volunteer Catnip Alley. There was some talk of carefully weeding it all, but then we decided that the cats really, really, really, really love it and it’s a nice free treat for them. So what if our shoes will smell like catnip every time we go to harvest tomatoes?

Catnip Alley

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3 responses to “How The Garden Grows: Early June

  1. oooooh, that all looks so lovely! I am so jealous of your garlic. The other week I bought the worst garlic at a big chain grocery store and I was so mad when I tried to use it. I can’t wait till I have a spacious yard to plant goodies like these.

  2. Hey, kms2! What’s up! How’re things? You should totally grow garlic when you have a yard — it’s the easiest plant in the world to grow! Schnookie was saying, and I agree with her, that it makes no sense that everyone doesn’t grow garlic in their yards. It’s just that easy!

  3. Your garden is kicking all kinds of a$$! Sadly, I killed my catnip. I’ll have to try again.

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