Spring is such a fun time of year in the garden with all the flowering and growing going on! I always feel inspired and ready to try new things this time of year, and I try to hold onto that enthusiasm when the heat is sweltering in the middle of July.
While there’s lots of flowers blooming in my perennials beds right now, there’s also much to see in the vegetable and herb beds, too. We’ve been harvesting broccoli for 2 weeks, and expect to go at least another month. The same with the Swiss Chard and the lettuce. Of course, we would have a few strawberries to munch on if it weren’t for my 4 year old who keeps picking them, and picking them.
This Concord Grape vine grows next to our back porch, along with a peach climbing rose and purple clematis. I think this grape vine may be 7 or 8 years old at this point. We use the juice from the grapes to make grape jelly or juice for kombucha. A steam juicer makes the juicing so much easier.
This is our first year to have a decent blueberry harvest! We’ve had these bushes for about 2 years, and other ones for longer. I bought these as bigger bushes on purpose, and I think the bigger size made a difference. I also started putting coffee grounds around the blueberry bushes thanks to a tip from Crafty Garden Mama.
These red raspberries are almost ready to harvest. They’re growing along a fence at the front of our yard. I also have some near the kids’ dirt pile, and some along our driveway. Though they have thorns, they do not get big, nor are they particularly invasive. My only worry is making sure my neighbor’s son doesn’t eat them all before we pick them. I wasn’t too happy about that last year.
One of 2 apple trees in our yard, this one was pruned very heavily by my husband this spring. We’ve never sprayed our apple trees, though one of them may be having issues. We decided to do the heavy pruning this year to see if it would increase fruit production and make the trees healthier.
After the late frost hitting my tomato plants this spring, I was so happy to see these flowers on a few of the plants.We sure do love our gravy! I put stakes in the ground to support the plants last weekend. This week I need to prune the suckers on the plants.
After thinking we wouldn’t grow potatoes again because of space considerations, we just couldn’t forget about them.There’s nothing like digging up and eating fresh potatoes. Now that the plants are flowering, I will be counting the days until the plants die back and we can dig up the potatoes. Yum!
What are you harvesting in your garden this week?
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