Every night when I get home from work, I walk through the garden. It’s one of my favourite times of the day–outside at the farm, seeing what’s grown during the day, appreciating all of the hard work we’ve done so far.
The garden is finally taking shape as I’ve envisioned it would from the start–as in years.
Sprouts are growing, from hollyhocks to beets to onions and sunflowers.
Some of the plants have gone beyond sprouting and moved onto blossoming.
There are even signs of fruit on the raspberries and grapes–although I’m working myself up to picking the grapes, as the vines are supposed to focus on growing, not fruiting yet.
I’ve planted herbs all around the perimeter, lavender, thyme, sage, rosemary, basil.
The biggest progress since my final Dueling DIY update are the trellises for the squash, raspberries and tomatoes. I’ll go into more detail on each of these as we go through the season, but here are a few snapshots for now.
The tomatoes are planted under a simple 2×2 wood frame. I’ll add strings once the tomatoes grow a bit more.
Matt hammered 12 steel T-posts around the 2 rows of raspberries. I still need to string wire between each post to hold the raspberries upright, but the hard work was definitely the posts. So much hammering.
The biggest addition is our squash trellis. Fingers crossed this works to corral the squash. We have a big garden, but I learned last year that it was no match for squash.
We have a few more tasks to do before we can officially move into maintenance mode: hang the gate and spread the straw for our deep mulch experiment.
But for now, I’m enjoying my evening walks and seeing the growth so far.
What’s growing at your house?
I envy your beautiful garden!!
Thanks for sharing!
I’m expecting it to get more beautiful as things grow!
That must be so satisfying. Your garden is looking great, and will only get bigger and better from here on out!
We (or should I say, Sharon) are making good progress on ours. She’s cleared out tons of underbrush around the edges and there’s quite a bit more space and light. The flowers are starting to fill out nicely. The only thing we haven’t started yet is the veggie garden; we need to find a rototiller to borrow.
Baxter looks like he’s enjoying the garden too!
It sounds like you (or Sharon) are making good progress too! Congrats.
Today was the last day of my vacation, so I spent a good bit of the day in the garden. I pulled weeds, corralled the asparagus row with twine and poles and started to rework a round bed. I was inspired by a few days in Michigan where we saw asparagus FIELDS and a beautiful and huge herb garden (cherrypointmarket.net). My herb garden will be nothing like hers, but it was inspiring! I was stopped a couple of times today by thunderstorms and had to move to another part of the garden after getting stung by a couple of angry flying things, but I kept working. So far the benefits have been lettuce for a couple of salads, sunshine on my shoulders and bigger plans for next year!
That sounds like a great vacation… despite the storms and stings. And it sounds like you’re enjoying yourself too!
Your garden is an inspiration. I am alternating between getting my small vegetable garden planted (where did I put those beet seeds?) and trying to clear out several overgrown, neglected, weed-infested flower beds. I am almost ready to admit that perhaps 10 flower beds, of varying sizes, are a bit too much for me to look after.
That sounds like a lot of work. You might have noticed I’ve shown no pictures yet of our flower gardens. With all of my time going to the vegetable garden, the flowers are a disaster! Good luck with your weed battles.
Your garden is looking great, Julia! I am thinking I should have used some type of trellis like yours for my spaghetti squash as they are taking over way more area than I was expecting.
Your Baxter plant is coming along nicely! 😂
The Baxter plant is always my favourite. But a bit furry when you nibble on him!