Garden Update | Beans, Blackberries & Happy Cats

Beans - June 2013

Blackberries - June 2013Who has some good blackberry recipes to share with me? Because I have blackberries.

Blackberries - June 2013Lots of blackberries.

Blackberries - June 2013And a lonely little strawberry too. I picked about 50 blackberries last weekend and there’s at least 100 more that will be ready in a day or two. If you’re looking for a fruit that’s easy to grow, I can vouch for blackberries.

Beans - June 2013I also got a handful of Beurre de Rocquencourt and Dragon Tongue beans this weekend, which I threw into a tofu scramble.

Watermelon - June 2013Last year my watermelon plant didn’t grow, so I’m hoping this year I finally get a watermelon.

Jalapeño - June 2013Most of my eggplant, tomato, and pepper seedlings ended up dying, so I had to get more transplants. This is a jalapeño that I bought at the farmers market.

Tomatoes - June 2013A cluster of tomatoes! I’ve had 3 tomatoes almost make it to harvest so far, but something took a bite out of all of them before I could pick them.

Dill - June 2013My dill and cilantro plants have already flowered. I thought I had finally figured out the trick to successfully growing cilantro last summer by putting it in the shade, but maybe it was just a fluke. Cilantro! Why are you so hard to groooow?!

Green Onions - June 2013Like a fool, I tried growing green onions from seed for two years. You know how you can grow green onions in your garden? Take the ends you cut off when you’re cooking and plant them right in the ground. And watch them grow like crazy. (Why am I the last to know you can do this?!) We never have to buy green onions anymore!

Seedlings - June 2013My zucchini, buttercup squash, and cucumber seedlings all died, so I decided to start some more. And on the left is a little pot of lemon basil.

Venus Fly-Trap…and we got a Venus Fly-Trap for the porch on a whim. I had one when I was a kid and I remember feeding it hamburger. (This one is not getting any hamburger.)

Mochi - June 2013Now that it’s warmer out, we let the cats out onto the porch all the time. I think Mochi would never come back inside if we didn’t make him. I planted perennials right outside of the porch, so there are always bees and hummingbirds buzzing around. Unfortunately, Mochi doesn’t understand the concept of screen, so he thinks he can get them.

Mochi Sitting in Catnip PlanterAnd even though we bought the cats a nice little perch to sit on, Mochi still prefers to sit on top of the catnip plant. I used to shoo him off of it, but now I’ve just accepted defeat.

Have you started harvesting anything from your garden this month?

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What a lovely garden! Those berries look SO delicious. I’m not sure if I could resist eating them as I pick them. Love the cat pictures especially the one with the kitty on the catnip. That looks so familiar. 🙂

My tomatoes are producing like crazy… they are being picked by the raccoons! I am admitting defeat for my summer crops and plan on trying again in the fall. I think I am going to do some square foot gardening like you and make a chicken wire fence around the sides.

My kitty misses our old porch at our apartment. We really tried to find a house that worked for us and had a screened in porch for her. She was also hard to get inside at the end of the day.

And I also fed venus fly traps hamburger as a child. Yuck!

No! It’s way too early to admit defeat! But yes, I’m having the same issue with my tomatoes. Not sure if it’s raccoons or squirrels, but something is wanting to eat them. I did finally get one tomato, but I think that’s because it was too high for anything to reach.

I thought maybe the whole feeding venus fly traps hamburger thing was something my mom made up, but I guess not! 🙂

PS… least Central Florida…has a real problem with flies this summer. Has something to do with it getting so hot early…90s in April. Maybe I should get a few fly traps for my porch.

Have you ever tried picking your tomatoes when they reach “first blush” and letting them ripen indoors? I was pretty skeptical at first, but I tried it with my first tomatoes this year, and they’re just as delicious. Here’s where I first got the idea: -kitchen-garden/are-your-tomatoes-a-mess

And here’s an article with more of the science:

I love your blog! As a fellow triangle area resident, it’s so nice to read a veggie blog using the same seasonal ingredients that I have access to in Chapel Hill!

No! And I think I might have to start because with all the rain we’ve been having, the tomatoes that are near ripeness are bursting open before I can pick them. Thank you for the links!

Your garden looks amazing! I bought some of the caterpillar stuff you recommended so hopefully we can grow squash in peace now! Somehow we already have a small pumpkin that came up as a bonus from the compost last year so now to figure out what to do with that. Pie in July?

Mochi cracks me up! My parents are kind enough to grow the catnip at their house for us because it wouldn’t survive past the seedling stage with my cats!

Good luck with the watermelon – they always give me trouble (cantaloupe, too). When you get a fruit, make sure you check for moisture underneath every few days. Mine have rotted out from the bottom and I didn’t know until it was too late.

The past two years, I grow cantaloupe and it’s just about ready to harvest and then we get a big rainstorm that causes them to burst open. It never fails! The same thing has been happening with my tomatoes this year too.

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