Thursday, June 14, 2012

harvesting early

The garden has been lush with strawberries, and I harvested my first sugar snap peas today, not even expecting to find them as I set about the string them a little higher on my front railing.  Delicious, each of them!

On the down side, I've also discovered peach leaf curl on my peach tree, and have been spraying it with a sulfur fungicide.  I had a bout of it last year, but just picked off the few infected leaves.  This year, it was too serious to not treat.

I'll try to post some beautiful photos in a day or two, but I've had trouble uploading them.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

After the Deluge

Since Saturday, Portland has been inundated with rain, some 6+ inches.  (An inch of rain is a foot of snow, goes the old saying:  imagine!)  Today it finally abated enough to allow me to get out into the garden, which was perfectly moist for weeding and transplanting.  So I planted some bush tomatoes, sweet peppers, and an herb pot of mint, basil and rosemary.  I also moved my Russian sage out from underneath the now-larger shrub rose, and underneath the front window.  Likewise, my Roseanne geranium was getting shaded out by my grape vine and strawberry patch, so I moved it to a sunnier spot.  I moved some peonies around so that they're now clustered in one area, rather than here and there around the garden.  Finally, there is always the job of discovering rudbeckia and liatris that pops up out of nowhere.

Friday, June 1, 2012

first strawberry

It looks like a bumper year for strawberries this year, and the first of mine has ripened!

Sugar Snap Peas

I usually grow my sugar snap peas in my raised bed, up a trellis, but this year I decided to grow them in pots on the front steps, and run them up the railings.  (I've started my green beans in there too, as well as some gladiolas and morning glory for decoration.)  Hopefully it'll work out that I can sit on my front steps and munch on snap peas.