Growth in the edible landscape is happening in leaps and bounds with May's generous doses of warm rays and the belated setting sun of spring.
So rapid is the growth, in fact, that many of the pathways created to be 18"- 24" wide have been obstructed by sprawling veggies, herbs, and flowering plants.
Harvesting of eightball zucchini, summer squash, green beans, carrots, onions, peppers, herbs, peas, and tomatoes is steadily increasing.
Heirloom seeds of rattlesnake pole beans were planted this year from pole beans that were dried from last year. That's a first for me. What pureness. Food reproducing food we can trust.
Not as many were planted this year as in the past. They were set to climb a more slender trellis. Sown a little later than the rest of the garden pole beans are just beginning to fruit.
Exciting news as we are beginning to see the bulbs forming on the Red Creole onions tried for the third time. Maybe we'll have some success this time. The Tokyo Long White-Bunching are looking good next to them. Lettuces are being missed greatly as it turned bitter with the warm temps.
Good thing we still have some clear passage between the perennial border and the veggie beds. The cuccumbers were threatening to claim all the space in the center bed. But in the last couple of days have succumbed to some sort of fungus. Sprayed them with GreenCure and hoping they will survive and produce.
Golden Globe Lysimachia as ground cover near the sitting area came back from the frost of winter.
Planting seeds of Gaillardia blanket flower may have been one of those forgetful moments as they really do blanket. But with the edible garden being one of the sunniest spots in my garden it is so tempting to put more flowers there than should be.
Carrots both from heirloom seeds and hybrids supposedly sweeter for the heat look great. But truthfully, I don't think they are as sweet as when harvested in the cooler weather. They sure are pretty growing with their feathery green tops! Some will be left in the ground just for the swallowtail butterflies to find and lay their eggs.
Dill doesn't last long in this region. Each year it is planted and flowers quickly with the rising heat index. I don't mind. It is an added attractor for insects and humans. :-)
A few plants of blueberries, flat leaf parsley, rosemary, and bronze fennel were added as landscaping in the back gardens. It is very fun to see edibles mixed in with everyday perennials.
Oh, those elusive tomatoes! The plants were looking great and this plant still does. Out of 5 plants this one looks the best. They all have tomatoes ripening and several harvested in the past week.
The worms have been awful and surprisingly very few aphids. No pesticide usage means a lot of attention and picking off of insects. This morning I found my very first tobacco hornworm. Wow. That guy was ginormous. I really hope he was alone. A remarkable appetite he had overnight on stems. Not just leaves but stems.
Those cute blue-podded peas are all but finished with only a few remaining on the distressed vines. They just cannot take the heat. One of these days I'm going to get the timing for these correct in the fall garden. And at the same time the weather is going to cooperate! One of these days...
But for this season we are celebrating the successes, making notes, learning more lessons and enjoying the fresh eats we are blessed to cull out of our very own edible garden.