Finally! After months of eating roasted root vegetables, pickled and preserved products, and most recently more asparagus than is wise, my garden is yielding its first fresh summer vegetables. Jazzy my Corgi is a big fan of visiting the garden and is not above stealing green beans and tomatoes out of my basket for herself, but to her grave disappointment, it is not yet time for those.
So far my garden has given me some very nice early cauliflower, young Swiss chard, spinach and a variety of lettuces. The parsley and cilantro in the herb garden are going wild, but the basil seems to be lagging. The tomatoes are so excited with the long-awaited sun and rain, they are growing and flowering with abandon and I am not too sure those extra strong tomato cages are going to work this year! The sweet potatoes are eeking along and I wonder if I will actually get sweet potatoes this year, or spindly tubers like last year. Patience is my challenge with root vegetables, I always want to check them!
This is the time of year when I discover my plants are conspiring to undo my planning. I ended up with some asparagus self-seeding in my flower beds, and some poppies self seeded into my tomato beds. A volunteer violet has shown up in my roses. It looks nice, but I have no idea where that came from! There is an iris blooming in the brush along the hedgerow. My lawn, such as it is, appears to be transforming into a sea of Greek Oregano.
How is your garden growing so far?