Wow, look at this! Two posts in two days! (Don't get used to it.)
Even though life is somewhat nutsy-cuckoo (happily so), I found some time this weekend to get the veggie garden organized, visit several garden centers and farm shops, and plunk a few plants in the ground, to round out the things I planted back in the beginning of April.
My quest to "cut back" because we can't eat all the produce somehow still left me with no place to plant any beans. I do not know how that happened. But anyway... I guess when I harvest the garlic, I'll get a later-season planting of beans in the real estate the garlic is taking up. It'll have to do.
A few photos of the garden goodness:
Lettuces that we've been eating for quite a while now, various greens, herbs (mint, chamomile, borage), baby beets that you probably can't see, and baby Swiss chard too.
Kale (Winterbor), broccoli rabe, mint.
Shallots and red onions.
The broccoli is thriving.
A new thing for me: a sweet potato. Should be fun to see how it does.
A broader view. You can see arugula, marigolds, rosemary, eggplants, peppers, radishes....
Garlic's coming along fine...
But there is some garden sadness, too. My asparagus has been quite fruitful, but I am fighting a bloody battle with asparagus beetles.
These are the nasty, nasty buggers that I can't seem to keep ahead of this year. They don't respond to insecticidal soap, so I'm trying to keep them hand-picked and squished as much as possible. But with my schedule as it has been, the "as much as possible" has not been all that successful. Makes me want to cry. After all those years of trying to get the asparagus to be plentiful, I've finally succeeded, but much of it is being ruined by the beetles.
Sigh. Garden, you are a cruel, cruel mistress.