Last year I planted a few things in the small veggie patch that was already in the backyard when we bought the house – garlic, tomatoes, a few herbs. In the fall, my husband built a couple of raised vegetable boxes out of cedar, so after a soil delivery this spring, I was ready to plant a whole lot more. I planted so much I had to go elsewhere to find a spot for everything. It all fit eventually, but it will be interesting to see what thrives where. Because of the cool, wet spring we had, my tomatoes weren’t looking that great until the past couple of weeks. Now they’re finally taking off. I’m out there every night carefully inspecting everything. What’s that they say about a watched pot that never boils?
However it’s a good thing I’ve scrutinized my plants so closely or I wouldn’t have noticed the Colorado potato beetles (kindly ID’d by a social media follower) and their eggs and larvae attacking my tomatillos and potatoes. I’ve been hand-picking them off the leaves and drowning them in a water/dish soap mix. My fingers are crossed they won’t completely ruin my harvest.
Here is a mostly complete list of the edibles I’ve planted this year:
- Tricolor Carrots Circus Circus (Renee’s Garden)
- Golden Detroit Beet (Urban Harvest)
- Radish Raxe – eaten about two weeks ago (William Dam Seeds)
- Vates Blue Curled Kale (Urban Harvest)
- Tomatillos (Richter’s Herbs)
- Zucchini (unknown origins… I bought the plants on sale)
- Bush beans from my neighbor (grown from seed)
- Mammoth Melting Sugar Pea from Burpee’s Heirlooms collection
- Fingerling potatoes (Urban Harvest)
- A fig tree (from Steven Biggs)
- A potted strawberry and blueberry plant (President’s Choice)
I’ve also planted some interesting herbs:
- Lemon balm and sweet woodruff (from Freeman Herbs, bought at Centro Garden)
- Calendula (that I got as a gift from the Toronto Botanical Garden’s media preview of their garden tour, also from Freeman, I believe)
- Spearmint, lemon grass and the usual suspects – parsley, columnar basil, lemon thyme (all from President’s Choice)
And a bunch of tomatoes that I will list in an upcoming post!
I feel like I’m forgetting something…