Since I now have three separate areas in the backyard that are mainly dedicated to veggies and herbs, I’m naming them each after the month that most of their planting was complete.
This has been my main garden since we moved here about 5 years ago, and has of course changed over the years. Being in the center between the east and west fences this area gets the best and longest sun, though the back corner of the east side doesn’t fair as well as the west side. I usually make this garden quite symmetrical, but have more so this year than in those past.
I utilized the front fence more this year, planting cucumbers and gourds to grow up it, and I have enough Boston Pickling Cucs for my first batch of Bread-n-Butter pickles, and hope to make them this week, and now have some baby, baby gourds on those vines. Between the cucs, gourds, beans, and tomatoes, I spend a lot of training time in this garden.
It was advised on the seed packet that I thin the basil to 8-12 inches apart once they reach about two inches tall, but I’ve waited until they were about 12 inches tall so I could utilize the thinned plants in batches of pesto, which I’ve made two of so far (and shared enough basil to make a couple more batches).
I think (okay, I KNOW) I’ve overcrowded the tomatoes here and the beans (not heeding advice from some of you), but c’est la vie, it is all beautiful and everything is producing. I’ve just begun picking the Kentucky Bush Beans, and the French ones shouldn’t be far behind. The Costoluto Genovese Tomato is beautiful even at only just an inch or so – tried this one last year with no success at all (spindly little starts that never produced) so I’m very excited that this year is quite the opposite.
I’ve added a few new artsy-fartsy touches this year, and moved my Water Werks thing to the fence (was kinda lost in its old location).
The Veggies & Herbs:
• French Pole Beans (snap)
• Kentucky Bush Beans (snap)
• Italian Large Leaf Basil (a TON of it)
• Amish Paste Tomato
• Costoluto Genovese Tomato
• Boston Pickling Cucumber
• Richmond Green Apple Cucumber (family favorite last year)
• Lettuce (Butter Crunch and Red Leaf)
• Tennessee Dancing/Spinning Gourds
• Italian White Onion
• Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach (had troubles, too, Radicalfarmergal)
• German Chamomile
• Petunias (hanging baskets)
-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell