Monday, June 17, 2013

Mid June in the Garden

I love June in the garden. The spring crops are coming in, or are already gone. The summer plants are coming into their own. It's not too hot yet and we're getting the perfect amount of rain. The garden changes drastically from day to day. It always looks so lush, just begging to be photographed.

I got our tomato plants, staked, mulched and suckered. John and I are in two different camps when it comes to suckering them. He does it. I don't. This year I decided to learn how to do it. Just because. So the other morning he showed me. I'm still not sold on the idea, but at least now I know how to do it. Do you sucker your tomato plants?

This morning I finished mulching. We've had 3 hot, dry summers in a row. If we have another one, the mulch will help hold in whatever moisture the plants receive. Plus it helps keep the weeds down. And it's nice to walk on, since most of the time I'm barefoot out there.

Here a few pics from the past week.
The lavender is beginning to flower. I love, love, love walking by the shrub and brushing up against it.
The first squashes are coming in. That first picking is always the best!
The echinacea is beginning to bloom.
Lettuce! Salads and sandwiches come alive with fresh, sweet lettuce.
Tomatillo plants growing on metal trellises in the foreground. The background is a perrenial bed.
And last, but not least, the Celebrity of the garden. This looks like it might be our first ripe tomato. Eventually.

Well, the garden has changed alot since I took these photos. Stay tuned for garden updates.
Until next time.....


Maryann said...

Garden is looking so alive! Just wondering, what does 'suckering' tomato plants mean?

BlackStar said...

Suckering is basically removing some of the branches. From what I've been told, any branches below the first blossoms should be cut off.

Maryann said...

Thanks for the information.Something new to try perhaps when next I plant tomatoes.(Winter over here right now).


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