There isn’t much going on in the garden as I refuse to work out there until we get a few things done in the house. Once we start gardening it seems like all house project are put on hold for the summer. We have to make things a bit safer inside for a kid once Sidney starts crawling this fall.
I walked around outside today and was surprised to see fruit on the trees. I don’t know why it should come as a shock to me but I hadn’t looked at the fruit trees in a while. This year’s crop looks to be bigger then last year’s. I am trying not to feel guilty about not pruning the trees, but there is always next year.
Last year I planted a small row of Borage to help attract bees. This year it looks a like a Borage bomb went off from all the seed that self sowed.
Over the winter we let the chickens have the run of the garden. With all the weeding we did last year combined with all the chicken munching it looked pretty good weed wise.
Spring came and I put the chickens back in their designated pen so the dogs could have a play area. Since we weren’t rototilling and gardening it looks like this now. I’m trying not to think about it. On the bright side, the stupid cucumber beetles are going to be really disappointed this year. I hope they all starve.
We have a few artichokes that are getting ready to be picked. Over the winter a gopher killed three plants so we only have two left.
It looks like there are a few sunflowers coming up from the seed that was dropped by the plants last year. I was happy to see that. We had a whole bunch of sunflowers sprout earlier from dropped seed but the chickens ate all the seedlings as they were still in the garden at that time.
Since I don’t have big blocks of time to do things outside the garlic was neglected. I finally checked on it and it looks really rough. It seems like I have a bad case of garlic rust. I’m thinking it was probably made worse by the fact I hadn’t weeded around them so the air couldn’t circulate.
I started weeding on the beds but I didn’t get very far before I had to go inside. This is what most of the garlic beds look like.
Lee has felt guilty about the lack of garden. I actually feel a bit relieved and just avoid the plant sections of stores. Next year it should be easier as I won’t be so tied down. Sidney will be old enough that we can give her a little section to plant some seeds and hopefully get her addicted to gardening too. 🙂