I have not written much about my garden this year compared to last year. Last year was, of course, my first year so perhaps there was more attention and documenting of new details. This year, however, there is much more going on in the garden in general.
I have learned a lot from last year but also am learning a lot this year which will help me next year. One of these things is not to get started too early as things will not work out! I tried to start seedlings in February but next year will try toward the end of March.
I have my two little garden plots but also had several containers for growing as there never seems to be enough room. I quickly came to realize that containers are not ideal so began to plant some things directly into the ground as well. Our dirt is not ideal which is why I have the slightly raised beds in the first place but the tomatoes and pumpkins I have planted directly into the yard seem to be doing well so that is a nice surprise.
In the last while we have enjoyed peas, onions, carrots, summer savory, basil, oregano, zucchini, strawberries, and fenugreek from the garden. Still waiting on corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers (which are almost done). Everything in the garden tastes a lot better than similar food that can be found in supermarkets. It really is amazing.
The last while I have also noticed that my plants need some help so this weekend I am going to buy some fertilizer to give them a boost. Although I did do a lot of composting last year which mixed in with potting soil to form the base of the raised beds, I think more nutrients are needed. Zucchini in particular seems to need some food! Speaking of food, zucchini is a very yummy food. Our first round of zucchini we used to make an Indian dish. I also sliced it, dipped it into salt/herb breadcrumb mix and lightly fried it to enjoy as a quick appetizer with jalapeno jelly. So good! My husband and his friend had some bbqs this summer and would do a similar appetizer but with garlic mayo.
Other than the veggies, I have been watching all the flowers grow. The butterfly bush did very well this year (and is so fragrant and lovely!) and I will have to cut it back quite a bit at the end of the year or it will be a giant next year and give too much shade over the garden plots. Bees do buzz around it quite a bit which is nice to see. From last year my lilies and spike speedwell flowers returned. My old hydrangea (pink) is starting to show flowers and the two new ones I planted in honour of my dog have turned purple but the new flower is blue. Finally, I am also keeping an eye on my sunflowers. They are growing tall but no sign of flowers amongst all the leaves yet. They will need better stakes to support them soon.
Lastly, our fruit trees seem to be doing quite well. Last year we had a whole bunch of pears by September. I do not see any sign of that yet but the plum tree which has been dormant has plums everywhere. They are a light purple and I will try one out this weekend to see if they are ready. Will have to think of something neat to make with them as I am not sure if anyone in the family is a big fan of plums. Any ideas? Well, that is the garden update. This weekend, I plan to put a lot of effort into it!