It’s been some time since I’ve posted what’s growing in the Potager!
This year I am experimenting with tasty food and color as I have been so inspired by Robbie at Palm Rae Urban Potager. I am growing a red and green kale, purple and green basil, red and orange Swiss chard, etc. and I am liking the results. It makes the Potager more ornamental. I have noticed that red and purple varieties don’t seem to grow as fast as green – interesting. I have a black and white eggplant planned too, but the plants are slow growing. They are tucked in the green house until they get a little larger along with cucamelons. The cucamelons finally took off a bit and I planted them earlier today. I hope to be tasting these little watermelon like fruits soon. Last year I planted them way too late.
Strawberries have gone wild and are now growing up the paths. I have been eating them for breakfast for days now. They taste so sweet. I share them with the Robins and a sly Catbird who is my garden companion lately. Although I love strawberry rhubarb crumble, I have to find a recipe for rhubarb chutney or something because I just don’t make desserts. I don’t care either way because I love the large leaves of rhubarb and think it’s a beautiful, architectural plant in the garden. I cut the flower off this year because I heard it makes the stalks taste bitter but since I didn’t even harvest any … next year I may let it flower again because the flower truly is stunning.
The Asparagus Forest. Next year I can harvest. It’s been a long wait.
I planned to train these squashes up this wire panel but WOW look at those leaves. Not sure that’s going to happen. We’ll see if it becomes more vine-like as it grows. I planted Zephyr, a little round French zucchini Round de Nice, and a tiny butternut. The nasturtium I planted alongside for a good campanion has leaves almost as large as the squash!
I just planted my tomato seedlings so they look tiny and a bit sad but seem very sturdy so I have high hopes. The cherry tomatoes – Sun Gold, Black and Coyote (a white variety) – I will prune up this other wire panel. Volunteer Grandpa Otts morning glories are in the mix, too. Color, color, color. That is Chamomile and Calendula both of which propagate freely throughout the Potager, and an ornamental clover, Trifolium Rubens, you see on the other side of the panel.
Oh, but there is trouble in paradise! I have an ant problem in the squash bed. I am trying to grow sunflowers there as well. The ants have eaten the stems! I resorted to Borax. I am telling you ants are taking over the world. Every rock I overturn, every sandy soil I dig in – ants, ants, ants!
I also was introduced to leek moth on the best garlic I have ever grown!
I sat diligently and pruned off any infected leaves and plucked cocoons for close to two hours. It was an emergency surgery but so far all is looking good.
But now I have some squatters in my greenhouse! Not necessarily bad, but it may become problematic if they decide to get territorial.
I like to share the Potager but c’mon! I like to sit in the backyard with my feet in the grass and watch and listen to this part of the garden grow. What are you growing?