Fruits and flowers in the garden

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This has started out as an absolutely fantastic year for the garden.  All of my garden beds are now raised and it has reduced the work load dramatically.  The raised beds also help to concentrate the fertility where I need it.  Add that to the very pretty nature of the raised beds and you have a fabulous situation for the garden.

The strawberries have passed and the peas and lettuce are soon to be gone as well.  In their place are so many wonders in the garden.  A few days ago I harvested the first of the Cosmic Purple carrots.  They have a reddish/purple skin, but the inside is orange.  They’re absolutely delicious.

Cosmic Purple carrots

Bush beans will be taking the place of the peas.  This is a variety called Provider.  I love the pretty purple flowers.  These beans are prolific and tasty.  Many like pole beans, but I have always liked the ease of bush beans.

Provider bush beans

Peppers love the heat.  While we’ve had a few super hot days, it really hasn’t been a very hot year so far.  Surprisingly, the peppers are doing very well already.  This is an early jalapeno.  It’s still tiny, but there are several on the plants.

Early jalapeno

The tomatoes are going gangbusters.  Here we have some Cherokee Purple tomatoes.  I’m starting to realize that purple is a big theme in my garden this year.  These tomatoes are absolutely delicious.  I’ll be putting straw down around the plants as mulch this week.  The straw helps to keep the moisture in the soil, reduces weeds and can keep the plants from getting too hot during heat waves.

Cherokee Purple tomatoes

Lastly, the squashes and pumpkins are starting to flower.  So far there are only male flowers on the plants, but next week the females will start producing.  This is a Jarradale squash plant.  It will produce large blue squash.  The flesh is orange and can be used the way you would use any other winter squash or pumpkin.  The vines will grow to be 10-15 feet long.  Make sure to plant them where they can sprawl.  Mine tend to go in the outer beds.  You can trellis the vines, but will need to find a way to support the very large fruits.

Jarradale squash

Happy Gardening!

Heather Smith can also be found at Heather’s Homemaking.



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4 Responses to Fruits and flowers in the garden

  1. Heather says:

    kzflynn, There aren’t any pictures up right now, but I’ve been thinking about taking an aerial shot. Keep an eye out for more pictures.

  2. kzflynn says:

    Heather – are there pictures of your raised beds and garden layout? starting to plan mine for next season…

  3. Heather says:

    Erina, there are lots of things you can plant. Try carrots, beets, kale, cabbage, broccoli, zucchini, just about anything. Peppers and tomatoes are probably pretty risky, but it’s still pretty early in the season. I’m getting ready to plant several fall crops. Things like carrots, beets, turnips, cabbage, broccoli and kale.

  4. Erina says:

    My Spinach has passed, and now I have an empty space that shares the same bed as a handful of Chard plants. Is there anything I can plant in that empty space this time of the season? or is it too late to prosper? Love following your updates!

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