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Friday, June 13, 2014

G is for Garden!

This is the time of year I really enjoy. It is sunny, but not usually too hot (usually) and the garden starts doing wonderful things. In a recent post on EarthBoxes, I showed you how to put them together. Today, just a few short weeks after that post, I thought I'd show you how well and how fast they work.

Melons:


Zucchini and Crookneck Squash - already harvested these two!


Cucumbers are coming along nicely:


Red Peppers are in are in the first box and are slower growing, but doing nicely. The bush beans in the second box were grown by seed and are nice and strong. 


Our tomatoes are big and bushy and are starting to develope fruit. I am super pleased with how these look!


Our peaches were spectacular. They arrived early due to unseasonably early heat and ripened so fast that their time has come and gone already! I was tickled that there were so many and that they tasted to good. We now have ripening apricots we are ready to eat. There never are a ton on this tree, but enough to make us happy that it produces! I am going to trim the daylights out of the branches later in the year to see if that helps the next crop.


I don't know about you, but I love flowers. They are not quite a necessity (meaning I don't plant them in the EarthBoxes!) but I LOVE them. They make me happy and brighten the yard. I have zinnias growing from seed in three different bins and this beautiful bright yellow coreopsis that I have loved forever. The bright pink monster flowers (they are the size of salad plates) draw the bees and are absolutely gorgeous. 


Do you have plants you grow because you love them and they bring you joy? I wish I had ten flower bins and a running supply of flowers. If I could, and it would grow in my backyard, I'd plant an astonishing array of perennials. Flowers minister to my soul in a way that nothing else does. What about you? How does your garden grow?


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