The weather here in the Pacific Northwest has been crazy warm this past week. With temps in the upper 70’s low 80’s the garden is beginning to come alive. True, cooler weather is in the forecast for this week, but that burst of warm air has been wonderful for the plants and seedlings.
Our little raspberry patch is finally filling out and taking off this year. I transplanted raspberry canes to the area two years ago and with all the tiny blossoms beginning to form, I have a feeling we’ll have a bumper crop this year.
The radishes are starting to come in…
And the fava beans are flowering. While I don’t think I’ll be serving liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti anytime soon, I do plan on drying the giant legumes to use later this winter in some hearty soups. It’s been a few years since I’ve grown fava beans and I’m looking forward to the harvest.
We don’t have drip irrigation for the giant galvanized stock tanks on the back patio, but hand watering seems to get the job done. This year I planted a few dwarf sunflower and basil seeds around the base of the tomato plants as well a few pink petunia plants at the edges of the container. I’m hoping the petunias cascade down the side of the stock tank, we’ll see.
Lucy inspecting her strawberry patch.
Lucy LOVES her berries and checks the plants daily. 😉 Funny dog!
Later this week I’ll transplant the cucumber, zucchini, butternut and pumpkins I started from seed out to the raised garden beds. I like to start them in containers every year because when I direct sow the slugs tend to get to them before the young seedlings can beef up a bit.
And last but not least… Blueberries. Our bushes are jammed packed with little buds this year. We planted 9 bushes the first spring we were here and I think this year we’ll finally have enough to make a batch of homemade jam.
Gardening… It’s a pretty RAD hobby. 😉
What’s popping in your garden these days? Anything in particular your’e looking forward to this growing season? I’d love to hear about it.