Right Now at Combs Canyon

I don’t know where May went. But, if you see the month, can you tell it to call me?

Actually, I know where May went. It was a busy month. My husband and I got our garden in order, made some upgrades and now we have plants in the ground we check on daily to water and care for.

Going into gardening, we knew that each summer would not only bring fresh vegetables, but also a lesson or two. First lesson of this season: do not start seeds too early. With my basement grow lights, I started my seeds too early. They were outgrowing their pots before it was time to put them outside. (A cold spring didn’t help.) Next year, I’ll start later, but not as late as last year.

Even though some seedlings were looking a little iffy, we put them in the ground anyway. We also bought some tomato plants–our favorites coming from Ed’s just a few miles from us. (I’m convinced we never have to visit a big box hardware store for plants again!)

Here’s how things are looking and for reference, here’s how they looked in April.

In the way back, outside of the bed, our blueberry bush. Inside the bed: 4 okra plants in the back, 1 lettuce on the left, basil in the center row and 4 pickling cucumbers in the front row. On the right side in the container is a couple of snow peas.

In the back are 4 tomato plants. Center row is 4 basil plants. In front are 4 zucchini plants (there’s already a baby zuke growing on one). And, in the flower pot are a couple of marigold seedlings. I heard (and hope) they deter mosquitoes.

Two EarthTainers with two tomato plants each. The pea fence still needs to be put on these to contain the plants once they get larger.

Blueberry bush. We’ll probably get just a handful of berries off of this, but I’m still pleased with it. I just need to keep the birds off of it.

Snow peas. I’ve harvested about a dozen off of my little plants. I don’t know if I’ll get any more.

Some thyme in a pot on my porch. I don’t really know how to use it, but it smells good.

Thank goodness for previous owners. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have this bush (I’d rather spend time growing things I can eat than flowers). My husband cut back this bush considerably last year and I think it did it good. There are more blossoms on it now.

Compost tomato? I hope so! The “volunteer” tomato seedlings did a whole lot better than the ones I started inside. Because we didn’t know what we were getting, we got rid of the ones in the beds. This one we’re letting grow. I can’t wait to see what happens.

Enjoy the sunshine, folks!

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