Things are happening in the garden! We are eating the lettuce and peas and everything else has sprouted and grown. Including weeds. Our tidy rows of lettuce went from this:
You can hardly see the lettuces tucked in amongst the weeds, but they are there. Along with a pepper plant and some tomato plants. I had sprinkled herb seeds in some of the beds, too, and honestly I don’t know if they’ve grown at all and am certain if I pull the weeds I’ll pull the herbs, too. In this super full bed I see one hot pepper plant with flowers on it, but really? Just one plant out of the many many seeds I planted?? That does not seem like a good return.
Zucchini, corn, watermelon, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and cucumber all look good. The plum tree is loaded with tiny plums and the massive blackberry bush is covered in flowers. And the nasturtium and marigold seeds I planted have just bloomed today!
I’m really pleased with the new flower garden we put in last year (the butterfly garden.) I’m delighted that almost everything came back bigger and better and sitting out back last weekend with friends over and dinner on the patio I felt the yard had really become the bird sanctuary we’ve tried to create. Bluebirds were flying down to the yard to get bugs and then flying back to the big tree and the marten house (it looks like a pair may be nesting in one of the gourds.) Sparrows and cardinals and nuthatches were flying down to the feeders around us, little white butterflies were landing on the purple blooming flowers, and a baby sparrow kept hopping around on the patio cheeping!
So, overall, feeling pretty good about our flower and vegetable gardens and doing our best to keep up with watering this year.