My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Around the Garden

first eggplant
While we still haven't had any rain (since March 18!) the garden is growing well. The first eggplant of the season is a pretty bright purple.


This hollyhock is actually more purplish than the pink in the picture.

Back garden looking SW

The back garden really is becoming a jungle. The corn is tasseling and I've spotted the beginnings of some ears. Hollyhocks are blooming, the carrots and parsnips are still blooming and setting seed, in the lower left you can see the red burgundy amaranth.

Amish Paste Tomatoes
The Amish Paste tomatoes are filling in their cages and beginning to set some fruit. I need to check up on the flower clusters and make sure they are all setting in this heat. If not I'll try and find something to shade them a bit in the heat of the afternoon.


The plums are almost ready; a few had bird pecks and fell off already, can't wait for the rest to ripen!

summer apples

The summer apples are coming along really well. Best crop this tree has ever had!

Baby Blue Hubbard

The Baby Blue Hubbard squash on the compost pile are growing well (along with the cantaloupes planted with them) but it looks like they need a shot of iron supplement.

my cheap gazing ball

Under the peach tree is my cheap gazing ball; an old light globe sitting on a copper carafe stand.


The waterlily is blooming some more.


The peaches on the tree are still quite firm, but really getting some color to them.

broken branch of peaches
The broken branch which I saved by sticking it in a jug of water in the kitchen is doing pretty well. These peaches are getting soft and sweet and falling off one or two a day. While not the best peaches I ever ate they aren't the worst either. At least they are soft and sweet, unlike the green balls at the grocery store.

I counted and there were actually 28 peaches on this branch. I definitely need to do a better job of thinning!


  1. Everything's looking so good! Especially those plums. I'm glad you didn't lose your peaches. I'm curious about shading tomatoes to get them to bloom in the heat. Our whole next week is forecast at 100 or more. Do you just throw a bit of shade cloth over them? Or maybe some old curtains?

  2. Shade cloth is probably the best, but I've also used sheer curtains and things, pinned over the tops of the cages and draped over the west side so help keep the plants cooler in the heat of the afternoon. Best also to keep the cloth from touching the plants because if the wind kicks up it can break off leaves and fruits.

    1. Thanks Mary!
      It's hardly ever windy here, and I do have some old sheers. I'll hang them up tomorrow. Your cute little peas have set a good amount of seed. I'll be keeping some for myself and sharing some into our seed library.

  3. Gorgeous! And I'm officially jealous of your fruit :)

  4. Your garden is looking wonderful. Lucky you to be getting peaches!!! Nancy

  5. @Kate, glad you enjoyed the peas and they did good for you.

    @Jenny oh I don't have near enough fruit, I intend to be planting a lot more trees in the future.

    @Nancy, thanks