Raised Garden Bed Tour – July 4

Raised Garden Bed Tour

Today was a perfect day to do a raised garden bed tour as well as a tour of the flower garden.

I did a garden tour last year (which you can find here). This video is a little shorter than last years and I’ve gotten it down to 9:33. Not too bad considering I have 15 raised garden beds and a greenhouse.

Last month I despaired over my garden. The plants were so small and didn’t seem to be growing very fast.

So, I planted more to fill in the gaps.

As you can see in the video below, I might have filled in too many gaps as everything seems to be flourishing.

I can go out to the garden in the morning and in the afternoon will have to modify something like the squash plants as they grow hourly it seems.

In case you were wondering what all the blue tarps are in the background they are covering log beams.

Rob is in the process of moving the lumber around and they are being stored there for now until a new spot becomes available. It’s a work in progress. 🙂

Raised Garden Bed Tour

I’m not quite sure that the video expressed just how big the leaves were on the Brassica. The leaves are huge and we have already had cauliflower from the bed.

raised garden bed
Brassica, grapes and pole beans

I originally had the bridal veil (like I did last year) over all the brassica’s but instead of leaving it up all year, I just floated it over the top of the plants until they were about 8-10 inches high and well established and then took it off.

The plants seem so healthy that the cabbage white butterflies don’t seem to be making any progress laying their eggs.

Also, I’ve noticed a lot of the beneficial wasps that eat other pests in the garden this year. Bonus!

savoy cabbage
Savoy cabbage starting to form head
blueberries in raised garden
Blueberries starting to ripen
corn, onions and spaghetti squash in raised garden
Corn, onions and spaghetti squash
spanish onions going to seed
Spanish onions going to seed

I don’t know if you noticed or not, but one of the squash plants looks a little sickly as the leaves are yellowish.

That plant, in fact, is a yellow summer squash (zucchini) and it did the same thing last year. So, I’m assuming that it’s just a characteristic of the plant.

yellow and green zucchini
Yellow and green zucchini

The mature strawberry plants are at the back and there is only 5 of them but it’s been enough to keep us in eating berries as well as giving me some to freeze and make jam.

Can hardly wait until next year when there will be a full crop.

Strawberries and lettuce in raised garden bed
Mature strawberries and first-year strawberries with lettuce intermingled

And what garden would be complete without lavender to bring in the pollinators?

lavender in raised garden bed

Flower Garden Tour

Correction: at 3:22 I mention hollyhocks. It should be Delphinium or Larkspur

Fig on fig tree
Fig on the fig tree
Anna's hummingbird feeding on bee balm
Anna’s hummingbird feeding on bee balm
Butterfly bush
Butterfly bush
Delphinium or Larkspur
Delphinium or Larkspur

I thought I would just give you a close up of my bird feeders.

As you can see most of them need a refill.

It’s 11:30 am when I took this picture and I filled them up at 9 pm last night after the last bird had gone to bed.

There is always a flurry of activity at the bird feeders and if you never had a tv one could very happily watch the view from the window.

bird feeders in garden
Bird feeders in the garden

And speaking of views from the window here is a view of the flower garden from my office window.

I get to enjoy the garden and the birds all at the same time and I am truly blessed to be able to combine work and pleasure at the same time.

View from my office window
View from my office window

Hope you enjoyed the garden tour and if you feel inclined please leave me a comment below.



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