Welcome to my Garden!
This weekend, I was able to play in the dirt between the rainstorms that swept through Minnesota. So far, my organic garden is looking superb! To me, this is the most exciting time for a gardener, when the tiny seeds I planted magically sprout up and anything is possible. Including skunks. I’ve had some disagreements with our new “neighbor” because he or she thinks my garden is a great place to dig for grubs, and doesn’t care what seedling he/she rips up in the process. I respectfully disagree. I’ve been sprinkling cayenne pepper around the edges, but if anyone else has recommendations, I’d love to hear them!
Since everything has finally started to come up, I decided to snap some photos and give you a tour of what we’re growing in the Lee garden this year!
I got these beautiful flowers from my librarian friends for my birthday. They are a mix of morning glories, petunias, and snap dragons. Gorgeous! They add a nice pop of color to my yard. 🙂
Along the back edge of the garden, I also have a row of mammoth sunflowers planted. Sunflowers are my absolute favorite flower–I just love how huge, sunny, and cheerful they are.
Planted around the inside edge of my raised garden bed is a mix of salad greens: kale, spinach, mesculin, arugula, red leaf lettuce, and butter lettuce. These little guys are almost ready for their first harvest! I love growing greens because they are easy, fast, and super producers. In about a month, I’ll do a second planting to ensure I’ll have greens all summer.
I’ve also got a row of chard planted (a variety of Swiss and rainbow). I love my greens!
My pumpkin plants are looking pretty good! Anyone who knows me knows I ADORE pumpkin all year round. I can’t wait to have my first homegrown pumpkin this fall!
Another baby pumpkin plant poking up makes for a total of THREE!
Nestled next to my pumpkin mounds, I planted some organic popcorn kernels. I wasn’t expecting them to grow, but two of them sprouted!
Is that a honey nut butternut squash plant I see? YES! Yummmm, squash…
For root vegetables, I’ve got a lovely row of beets (seen above)
A gorgeous row of cosmic carrots (rainbow carrots!)
And a potato plant JUNGLE! Seriously, my potatoes have gone NUTS! Yay!
On the other side of the garden, I’ve got several cucumber plants! If this mound looks freshly dug, it is–by the skunk. I came outside to snap pictures and found my beautiful cucumber mound completely dug up. Fortunately, the plants didn’t seem to be damaged, so I replanted them and am hoping for the best…
For all you gardeners out there: my cucumber leaves are spotty. Does this look like a blight to you, or are my plants being munched by something? Any suggestions?
And last, but CERTAINLY not least: I HAVE A WATERMELON SEEDLING! This little guy took so long to sprout that I almost gave up hope. Watermelon is my favorite food, and I have high hopes for this plant. Grow, baby, grow!
So, there it is! My beautiful garden. I’ll post updates periodically and hopefully have photos of fat, scrumptious produce to share come fall.
This weekend, though, I won’t be gardening: I’ll be at Caribou Coffee in Baxter, MN from 1-3pmfor the next stop on my book tour! From there, I’m traveling every weekend in June and July to promote Seven Stones. I hope to see you at one of my events!
That’s all for now! See you Wednesday for an interview with award-winning author, Candace Simar!