June 5, 2017

2017 Garden Tour - Week 1

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It has been especially cold and rainy in Maine for a very long time, and before that snow, so I was incredibly happy to be able to put in our garden this past weekend.  Typically I will plant everything on Memorial Day weekend, but the garden had to wait – we had family visiting.  While I was able to get seedlings for the garden when we had my brother and sister-in-law here, the garden did not get planted.

Last year I started to do weekly garden tours, and I really enjoyed it.


I will usually share our garden regularly throughout the summer, but having the ability to look back weekly at what was growing, and what sort of animal or bug was trying to devour my plants each week was kind of nice.  Having it to look back on is even nicer.  It is pretty fun to look back over the past 10 years that I have been blogging and see the progress, and also the patterns.

So here we are, week one.

This year I feel like I didn’t get nearly as many seedlings as I usually do.  In fact, I have an entire 4x4 bed that is currently unplanted.  I am planning to put more seeds in there, but I ran out of time on Sunday, and alas, a week of rain ahead of us!


The big change is that I did not get a bunch of summer or winter squash this year to plant, or pumpkins.  Those plants grow so so big, and I need to leave a lot of space for them.  While I love those plants dearly, so do my lovely friends the squash bug.  Last year I had great success by planting radishes around all of my squash, cucumbers and pumpkins.  They were all established before the squash bugs descended.  I didn’t want to tempt fate though, because the previous year I hadn’t planted anything.  I wasn’t sure if my luck was more radishes or more the fact that I hadn’t planted any cucurbits the year before. 

This year I decided to only plant a couple cucumber plants, and we will see how it goes!


I have planted several tomato plants – Big Boy, which are slicing tomatoes, and Roma for preserving in the fall.  I also have a couple of Sungold cherry tomato plants – my kids love them (and so do I), and my favorite heirloom tomato to grow is the Green Zebra Tomato – it is delicious if you ever have a chance to try one!


I also have sweet bell peppers and jalapenos.  I always grow my peppers in EarthBoxes.  They do extremely well and I always get a ton of peppers.  The jalapenos definitely surprised me my first year, and I froze about 3 gallons of them.  I didn’t think they would grow in my short cold growing season, but they did amazing.  I did plant a couple of each kind of pepper in the ground.  I do every year, thinking that this will be the year that they will actually grow – they never have.  I don’t know why I let it take up space.  But, I will them to grow, and maybe this will be the year!

I also planted a bunch of kale, and lettuce.  We have rainbow carrots and green beans, beets and basil, cilantro, rosemary and sage.  I missed my early planting of peas, so I plan to get those in the garden towards the end of June for a late summer harvest…hopefully.  I have never planted peas after April before, so we shall see if they grow.


I still have to plant some tomatoes and peppers in my earth boxes, but I haven’t gotten the potting soil into the pots quite yet.  I have high hopes of a break in the rain tomorrow so I can finish up!


One thing that we did first this year was to get the fence up.  Last year and actually every year, there is a lovely groundhog that finds my garden before I get the fence up.  That is part of the reason we are planting later than I had hoped, the fence did not get up until Saturday, so we were a little late, but I have high hopes!  Always, as a gardener, I have to have high hopes.


And because my Irises are looking really nice, despite Izzy deciding the middle of my plants was a good place to take a nap a couple weeks ago, a picture of their big pretty blooms!  I love that they are so resilient and I don’t need to do anything to take care of them!


Are you growing anything this year?  What is your favorite flower?

37 comments:

  1. It looks like your garden is coming along nicely. We started a small garden this year, but it is just a test because we don't get a lot of sunlight in our yard so we weren't sure how well anything would grow.

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  2. I'm not growing anything this year but it's always nice to see how fellow bloggers take care of their plants and garden. Getting fresh produce straight from your garden is so rewarding.

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  3. Oh wow! You've made good progress despite the weather not being on your side these past days. I hope everything pulls through eventually! I'm sure you'll do amazing.

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  4. Your garden is looking nice. I managed to get the grass cut yesterday before it started raining again. I am not much of a gardener and would love to know more!!

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  5. Looks great! I'm hoping the sun comes out soon! We planted a couple weeks ago and have our fingers crossed it's a good growing season!

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  6. It looks like your garden is coming along great! I tried gardening one year, and it turned out so horribly! I killed pretty much all of the veggies unfortunately.

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  7. Your garden looks like it's coming together very nicely! I'm not a green thumb but I'd love to be! Think there would be great pride in growing your own garden!

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  8. Are used to have a vegetable garden but it got difficult to maintain. Then we decided to turn it into a hummingbird garden .

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  9. Your garden looks so nice! I would love to get a garden together this summer.

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  10. Oh wow you are doing great! We didn't get a garden put in this year and I am so sad, I miss it!

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  11. This is good! What tips would you give to a first time gardener?

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  12. Your garden is doing so well> I am sure you have give it lot of time and love. My husband enjoys gardening and e is the one to keep our plants alive. haha.

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  13. I sure hope the weather cooperates so that you can plant more! I think you're doing a great job and I am looking forward to seeing how it all goes.

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  14. My dad loves gardening and he has lots of different plants. Medicinal, edibles and ornaments.. He's great! Hope I can be like him. You're great too!

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  15. Sadly, I don't have a garden but if I did I would plant tulips. They are by far my favorite flower.

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  16. I like the sound of a weekly garden tour . I can't wait to see you plant tomatoes and peppers in your earth pots that should be fun x

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  17. That is a lovely garden! Can't wait to continue to see your tour and watch it grow! I love Irises!

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  18. My mother-in-law was Iris so I love those. You must have a green thumb to be able to grow so many great vegetables and tomatoes.

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  19. Your garden is looking good! My husband takes care of out little garden spot. We have tomatoes, onions, various peppers, carrots, brussells sprouts and cucumbers growing this year.

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  20. I love your gardens! The tour is so fun to watch them grow! We have some romas, bell peppers, banana peppers, and strawberries!

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  21. we are sharing the poor weather with you at the moment too! I love your garden though and your planters are lovely

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  22. Looks like your garden is starting to come along nicely, I live in a flat and I do miss not having a garden x

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  23. Your garden looks great! It is so nice being able to get things from your own yard. I have a lemon and orange tree that I love being able to pick from. Those irises are gorgeous too! That is my favorite flower!

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  24. Wow! You already have iris blooming? Ours don't look close to opening yet, here in NH. I don't think I can pick a favorite flower, but I love lilac, peonies, and snapdragons.

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  25. Good job! How awesome is your garden!!! The boxes are sweet and those irises are beautiful! I look forward to garden tour number 2! :-)

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  26. I just moved to a new house and I Am desperate for a garden! I especially want to grow tomatoes and mint.

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  27. I need to get back into the gardening. I started relandscaping the back then we had guests for 2 weeks and I kinda forgot about it.

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  28. What a fun blog tour! We haven't done any gardening in our yard but I'm sure our daughters would love it. I grew up always having a garden at our house.

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  29. Yay!!! Such an awesome feeling when you see those plants starting to grow!!! I really need to get back into gardening! It's so much fun

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  30. I just love having a garden in the backyard! It's like having a farmer's market at my fingertips. Love the raised beds that yall made.

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  31. I love gardening, but I haven't had the opportunity to start a garden this year since I've been so busy! Some of my favorite flowers are peonies, ageratums, and hydrangeas.

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  32. Wow your garden looks amazing! I'm dying to do one in our backyard, but I think we're waiting until we buy a house. then I can put in a few flower beds.

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  33. Your garden looks so beautiful already! I wish I had a green thumb and could do this kind of stuff.

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  34. Your garden looks absolutely beautiful! It is my dream one day to tend to one of my very own. You are lucky!

    Much love,
    Ashley | dearash.com

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  35. I love your garden! I need to use wood chips over mine and go that route verses just using dirt.

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  36. Your garden looks so good. We've been growing our own fruit and veg this year so could do with updating the garden so everything isn't in tubs and grow bags!!

    Louise x

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  37. It's so exciting to see your garden grow! Ours have tripled in size this past 2 weeks! So much fun!

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