After the May frenzy to get everything planted, June feels like rather a quiet month in the garden. Every bed has been planted, and there’s not much to do but water and weed and wait for things to grow. We didn’t get much sun in May, but so far June has been beautiful. Everything seemed to be stalled for a few weeks, but now that the plants are enjoying some sunshine, they are really taking off.
The pole beans are winding their way up their poles.
My second sowing of bush beans have all popped up out of the ground. The first round of plants are getting big and will probably be flowering soon.
The chard is still being nibbled and has some leaf miner damage, but mostly it seems healthy and is growing fast.
The garlic has sent up its scapes. Garlic scapes are a tasty early summer treat, and trimming them off encourages the garlic to put its energy into growing a bigger bulb. I harvested most of them, but I’m going to leave a couple of them intact. They’ll develop into tiny little heads of garlic.
Wherever I have the the space, I’m leaving plants to go to seed. Partly because I’d like to try saving more of my own seeds, and partly to provide food for pollinators. Also because I’m just interested to see the whole life cycle the plant. A couple of parsley plants that survived the winter have sent up tiny little umbels. In the same bed, a carrot that I neglected to harvest is about to flower as well.
I think the least attractive thing in the garden right now is the spinach, which has all gone to seed. Spinach has separate male and female plants. The female plants have all set seed, so I pulled out most of the male plants yesterday. The one remaining male plant is the lighter colored, fuzzy looking plant in the photo above. If you look closely you can see little clusters of seeds all along the stems of the female plants. The seeds need to mature a bit more before I can harvest them.
As I write this I’m realizing that there’s too much going on in the garden right now for one blog post. More to come later in the week. . .