I’ve been planting and planting and planting and planting and well, the fact of the matter is not everything blooms when planted. And since this is my first year exploring our new homestead and the quirks of the soil and drainage, well…I’ve had a lot of failures. A Master Gardener I am not.
So, it is with a little bit of garden depression that I share with you my June 2014 updates.
Front Yard Perennial Garden
Ah, such potential.
Over half of the bulbs and seeds between the bushes have not germinated, maybe they are waiting until next Spring? I dunno. I’m pretty disappointed. The photo above is one of the rare exceptions of green. I didn’t expect flowers the first year, but I thought they would at least grow. Wrong.
AND same thing with the pretty perennial flower bushes, only about half of them have leaves.
Most of the bare root bushes still look like bare roots. Sadly this includes the 12 elderberry bushes as well. I’m devastated. Not that they were expensive, I bought them through the Erie County Conservation Program for about $1 a piece, but still.
The blackberry and red raspberry bushes are doing well, at least the ones that weren’t bare roots to begin with.
And the wee holly bushes I bought on super clearance after Christmas…thriving.
The herb garden is going pretty well. All the herbs I transplanted from the greenhouse that I started from seed managed to grow. However, the seeds I directly planted—NADA. Sage, forget it. Basil, nope. Chives, ha. I had to buy plants. Failure.
Lime, Lettuce Leaf and Purple Basil
Parsley and Oregano
Dill and Chives
Cilantro (I just picked a ton!)
Pineapple Sage and Regular Sage
Toothache Plant and Spearmint
The large garden plot wasn’t tilled until later in the season, so I planted veggies in the front porch garden this year.
Christmas Lima and Green Beans
Spinach and Black Beans
Wax Beans, Kale, Carrots and Radishes
Cannelini Beans and Lettuce
Beets and Pole Beans
Asparagus (First Year)
And then there are the plants that live on the porch.
Lemon Balm, Lemon Germanium, Lemongrass and Elephant Ears
Side Porch Gardens
Zinnias and Sunflowers
Fall Planted Garlic
Red and White Onions
Ugh. This is the most depressing of all. I know that next month when I update I will be overflowing with goodies but for now, all I want it everything to grow. LET IT GROW, LET IT GROOOOOW! (Sing to the tune of Let It Go by Frozen…)
The following plants I tried to transplant into the garden and they failed: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Pumpkins, Spaghetti Squash, Cucumbers. The roots were too young? The soil too harsh? Who knows. But none of them took.
My Tomatoes did though…and several of them already have little babies growing! Also, I have a RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF TOMATO PLANTS. (Maybe 75?) Only a handful didn’t make it through the transplant.
Sweet/Hot Peppers have been fighting a war with slugs, but seem to be winning over all. Sweet Peppers are from seed, the Hot Peppers bought as plants.
Sweet Corn. Meh, doing ok. But the Red Popcorn and Glass Gem Corn are lagging behind. (
Knee Ankle high by the 4th of July?)
Two of the Gourd plants that I started indoors are going crazy in the garden, but the other seeds never took. I just started another package this week.
Swiss Chard Plants. I planted two more rows by seed this week.
Only one Squash plant made it through the transplant. The babies next to it are Spaghetti Squash and Summer Squash
None of the Pumpkin transplants grew, so I had to buy a few plants.
Only a few of the Cucumber transplants grew, but there are more coming up from seed now.
Eggplant. I can’t get Eggplant to do squat by seed, so I bought several plant varieties. These poor babies are also suffering from some slug damage, but I’m hopeful.
Also planted but not shown here because they are hardly growing: More Spinach, More Potatoes, More Chard, More Radishes, Winter Squash, Kidney Beans, Leeks and Bunching Onions. Yep, I think that about covers the gardens.
I also have seeds germinating in the greenhouse for a later planting right now. Oh and more sweet peppers and tomatoes to put in the garden. Because I keep getting packages of free seeds when I order plants and I can’t say no to planting them.
How does YOUR garden grow? Am I the only one with June Garden Depression?