THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY {aka GARDEN REALITY}

Hello garden friends!  Yes…too much time in the garden this week…in the sun and fair weather...and not enough time in front of my computer posting. Better late than never, right? Right?!?

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Ah well…it’s summer {not exactly June 21 but at least it feels like it here} so we all should be outside enjoying the shorts & sandals weather!

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Thought I’d take you for a photo spin around the garden.  Remember…this is north Idaho…not California…so my lovely veggies are just getting started. I have harvested some baby lettuce but that’s about all so far.

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 One of my next to-dos is to add a bit more slate to the garden pathway…the grass tends to get pretty worn in well-walked areas. But it’s a real pain…so I’ll do it when I’m in the mood.

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 My herbs are doing nicely.

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 The parsley is finally growing around Mr. Moose…but a bit thin...

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Lots of bumblebees on the chive flowers!

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THE BAD & UGLY…this trough full of mint is a dud this year.  It has regrown for several years…but not this year.  I’ll be pulling it out and putting something else in.

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 Ahhhh…beautiful romaine…and Mrs. Meyer Lemon Tree in her pot  in the background is finally enjoying the outdoors.

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Napa cabbage is growing like weeds...I am stunned by the lack of slugs {knock on wood} this year.  I’m thinking perhaps that letting the girls scratch and peck in the garden in early Spring was a good thing!  I couldn’t grow one silly cabbage last year with all the slugs.

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 THE BAD…spinach in left row...can you see anything?  They were there!  Thinking it’s getting too hot but even so it should be growing and bolting.  The dahlias given to me by my neighbor Queen of Birds are near the fence and doing fine.

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B.O.R.I.N.G. & B.L.A.H.  Asparagus planted here…patience required!

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 Potatoes poking up.

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 Walla Walla onions.

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I’m trying out these cucumber trellises for the first time this summer.  The vines are supposed to trail up and the cukes will hang down. It sure sounds good. I’ll let you know how it works.

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Tomatoes in foreground and chile peppers in background.  Tomatoes will be thinned as they grow and replanted where lettuce is now.

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 Lettuce and spinach in foreground.

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THE BAD... my pole beans and sugar peas and two little bush beans are VERY unhappy.  You can maybe see that I pulled some out and planted potatoes in right background. Argh!!!

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 Now…here’s THE UGLY.  UGLY of UGLIES. Oh my how I hate this! Thought I’d try a new way of growing potatoes…the idea is to add more soil and boards as they grow up. But call me silly…this thing looks like an unfinished building project {duh, which it certainly is}. I had asked Mr. Denim to make a total of four of these but once he made this I halted the whole growing experiment. Not his fault. It's a woman's prerogative to change her mind, right?!?

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 Sweet bell peppers.

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A bit of THE UGLY...I think I need to throw some grass seed down.  Ugh on the brown.

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 Tomatillos! I’m gonna learn how to make salsa verde this summer. YES!

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 My latest project…Mr. Denim ripped some cedar 2 x 4s he had laying around for 6’ poles…I spray painted ‘em green {yes I want them to blend in}…and planted 4-6 pole bean seeds at the base of each pole. I’m hoping that the beans will eventually shade the broccoli…if it lasts that long!

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 Very small florets! Keep growing please!

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 I scattered a bunch of wildflower seeds in this red trough…and added some planters under the chicken coop windows.

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 Quinault strawberries will soon be cascading down.

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This warm microclimate against the future greenhouse is great for chiles…Serrano, Anaheim and Jalapeño. More salsa!

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And last, but not least, Roman the Garden Dog stopping by for a drink from the fountain.  Silly boy!

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Nice thing about a garden is that it’s fluid…it can go from BAD & UGLY to GOOD really fast.

 I have yet to plant squash and more bush beans…and I’d better get to that pronto.

Hope your garden is thriving & happy!  {Send me your photos and I'll post for all of us to see!}

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PS...Mr. Denim is turning another year older today...love you Garden Guy! I couldn't do this without you!