June 13, 2017

2017 Garden Tour - Week 2

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The weather in Maine always surprises me, although I’m not sure why.  I have lived here my entire life.  Yet, here we are in 90 degree weather when the beginning of last week treated us to mid 40’s!  Needless to say I was not quite prepared for as much watering as I would need to do over the past several days.


Sunday it was 95.  We went to our friend’s house to swim in the pool and hang out a bit, and when I came home…my lettuce had all fallen over completely wilted.  Apparently when it is 95 you need to water your plants…who knew?!


Thankfully most of the lettuce bounced back.

The garden is looking much the same as it did last week.  The main difference is that the radishes are starting to show themselves around my cucumber plants.  If you are looking for a super easy, and satisfying vegetable to grow, go with radishes.  They come out of the earth so quickly, and are honestly ready to eat in just a couple of weeks.  These are French Breakfast radishes, and they will be delicious sautéed in butter – yum!


The weed barrier seems to be working really well so far, although we are still very early in the growing season.  The weed barrier also makes it a little more difficult to water the garden.  It is essentially paper, and you can still water through it, but it takes a lot more water unless I lift the paper and put the hose underneath.  We are still working out the kinks!


Overall I am very happy with how neat and clean the garden looks at this point in the season.  And I love to see that my rhubarb and strawberries are all doing quite well.  I actually have not picked any rhubarb yet this year, and so I think I need to remedy that this morning and make a rhubarb coffee cake.


Last week one of the commenters asked for advice for people just starting out with a garden.  My honest advice is to either start small with a self-watering container like the EarthBoxes (this is how my first garden started).  Or if you have a little bit more space, I would pick up the book Square Foot Gardening.  There is a wealth of information in that book just on putting together the right soil to grow vegetables, it is totally worth it.  I have it and love it!  I also love the square foot gardening model because I feel like it is easier to map out what I want to grow, and maintain better than rows.  Of course I don’t have a huge amount of space in our yard for a traditional garden full of rows, so this works best for me in my little suburban quarter acre plot of land.


And if you think you have a black thumb, plant herbs in a pot in your windowsill – my favorites are basil and mint.


Do you have herbs growing on your windowsill?  What is one herb you use most often in cooking?

32 comments:

  1. Oh I've always wanted a garden of my own. Yours looks so good and that is some crazy weather you have. I hope your garden does well and you have a nice sunny summer.

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  2. It looks like it's coming along nicely. We are going to do a raised bed garden next year.

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  3. Looks like you guys are doing a great job!! We want so much to start a garden, but living in Southwest Texas makes that a little tricky. There are things we can successfully grow, I just need to look into it more (and invest in a rainwater barrel!)

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  4. Thank you for sharing your garden with us! It is so lovely! I wish I had more time to garden.

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  5. My strawberries are a bit ahead of yours. I picked four fully ripe ones. It's my first year, so I am not expecting a lot of them.

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  6. Yum! Fresh fruits and veggies always add an extraordinary touch to all dishes! Your garden is coming along so lovely!

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  7. I love your little plots! We grew lettuce years ago when I was a kid, but I've not tried my own. I love berries most and we have those bushes in our front garden - we do grow lots of fresh herbs, too, but they are out back and not in our window!

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  8. oh radishes sauteed in butter! That is something I have never done and definitely want to do now! Your garden looks wonderful!

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  9. This is amazing! I really will start paying more attention to my garden once all the renovations at home is done. I think it's awesome that your progress is where you want it to be during this time.

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  10. I've always wanted a garden of my own! Yours seriously look amazing! I'm not sure though if I'm capable of having one and taking care of it. Lol

    Belle | www.OneAwesomeMomma.com

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  11. I actually had rhubarb for the first time about a week ago. After having it, we decided to grow it next year!

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    1. Rhubarb is such an awesome plant to have - it is a perennial, so it will come back year after year. They are pretty difficult to kill as well :-) Once you have one, look up a recipe for strawberry rhubarb sauce - so good over ice cream!

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  12. Strawberries are already ripe in western PA. My daughter is super excited to go pick them. We are also trying to plan a trip to Maine next summer so I am glad I read your post :)

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    1. We still have a few weeks to go on strawberries for PYO - but definitely one of the best fruit seasons in my opinion!

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  13. I just bought a basil plant because the grocery story was out of pre-package basil. I would love to keep the plant going throughout the season since I make pesto quite often.

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    1. Here is a little article on how to harvest basil to hopefully get continued growth - https://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-harvest-and-use-fresh-basil-from-your-garden/ Good luck!

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  14. Your garden looks like it is coming along pretty nicely. Would love to see a recipe when you make your strawberry rhubarb coffee cake. Sounds delicious.

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  15. This is awesome! I have always wanted a garden but alas city life doesn't really give me that option.

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    1. You should put a little plant of basil or rosemary in your window!

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  16. You have a beautiful garden. I used to have a beautiful garden when I lived in the suburbs. But ever since I moved to the rural area the deer eat my flowers and plants.

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    1. My mom lives close to us, and she has a bunch of deer that come through and eat her bird feed and her bushes in the front of her house. My biggest problem has been woodchucks though.

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  17. Your garden looks so good. We are growing our own fruit and veg this year, but everything is in pots, not in the ground :(

    Louise x

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    1. I love love love container gardens! It is how I started, and then I just started digging up my lawn - my husband wasn't as excited about it as I was :-)

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  18. I totally have a black thumb, but I love your tips to start small and make it as low maintenance as possible. I love radishes so I am looking for French breakfast radishes- yum!

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  19. I am so not good at gardening, although I sure like to try! Oh how beautiful gardens can be!

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  20. Your garden looks great! I've always wanted to have a garden but I know that I'd never keep anything alive.

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  21. Our garden is really taking off this year! Sometimes watching those little shoots grow into real food is almost like magic.

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  22. I had the exact same thing happen with my lettuce, only it didn't come back to life! :( I went out of town for a couple of days for a wedding, and with 95 degree temperatures and no plant sitter lined up, my poor lettuce didn't make it.

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  23. I'm glad the weed barrier is working. I know you put a lot of love and work into growing your garden and keeping it beautiful.

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  24. I struggle with so much in my garden right now, especially with weeds! Definitely need to try some new weed barrier!

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  25. Its so hard for me to garden, but I blame it on my lack of maintence. This definitely seems helpful and will need to try something like this!

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