Summer is so close! The cool weather veggies I planted back in early April are nearly done; we've been eating broccoli and peas for weeks. The spinach bolted and is gone, along with a cauliflower that turned a grody brown color. Hopefully I managed to blanch the remaining three cauliflowers in enough time to end up with a decent tiny harvest. Once the cauliflower ripens and the broccoli stops sending out shoots, those spaces will be filled in for a fall harvest of broccoli, rutabagas, and greens
I've been slowly turning this corner space into a pollinator pathway to attract bees and butterflys back into the garden. The strawberry row runs along the length of the garage to the left, which helps a lot as well. My local garden center had a great sale on last weekend, so I added some summer and fall blooming asters, a pink coreopsis, and a mullein as well as nearly two dozen gladiolus bulbs that I found on clearance at Target. The larger containers were planted last month with bee balm, echinacea, and a bay laurel. I made a makeshift bird/butterfly bath out of an old rickety plant stand and a chipped handmade bowl I bought the madre back from Greece.
I bought those tubs in the laundry section at Target years ago and they've all but fallen apart now. I impulsively bought sweet potato slips when I saw them at the garden center last Friday and the tubs were the only space left to plant anything. There are some random mammoth sunflower and borage seedlings stowing away in there, so I'm curious to see what ends up growing.
I filled the smaller flower pots on the right with scarlet runner bean seeds, hoping they will climb the mesh arch you can barely see here. My runner beans didn't survive the drought last summer, so I'm nervous to see how they do this year. I'll put more in the box where the peas are once those come out. There are royalty purple pod bush beans & pink radishes planted in with the rhubarb in the lower left bed that seem to be doing well now that I've found some neem oil spray to keep critters from munching on the leaves.
There's so much going on in this box, it makes me happy. The purple pole beans started climbing the bamboo stakes, the squash and zucchini are taking off, little stalks of red popcorn are popping up. The lima beans are coming in slowly, but it looks like half the seeds didn't germinate. I can't wait to see the cockscomb border fill in as the summer goes. All the tomatoes are doing well, I've been watering deeply twice a week instead of more frequent shallow watering, and that seems to be making a big difference. Fingers crossed the drought doesn't come back, I've put so many hours in already this year that it would be heartbreaking.
I ate the last strawberry from the yard this afternoon, but I can't be too sad because the blackberries have gone wild this year and should start ripening any day now.