Having 4 whole days without storms and downpours gave me a chance to catch up in the garden.
Done: Strawberries, Romaine, Asparagus, Rhubarb
Harvesting now: First few summer squash, basil, cilantro, raspberries, spring onions, handful of cherry tomatoes, broccoli
Soon: cucumbers, peppers
Pest problems: flea beetles on eggplants, using dustbuster
Strawberries–ripped out both raised beds full of strawberries. Added 1 yard of compost soil to top these 2 plus one other raised bed. I will plant more strawberries in one and start second plantings of cucumbers and summer squash for late summer/fall harvest.
The strawberry harvest was light. I had allowed them free rein in the raised beds and by this spring (year 2), they were so densely planted that the harvest was light and fruits were small. I have enough “spillover” plants from around the beds to be able plant the new bed.
Blackberries–the vines are so loaded. We will be able to bathe in them. Our first year with a crop so I am unsure about when they will ripen. Next couple weeks would be my best guess.
Raspberries–the early harvest is ripening and I have been picking about a quart a day. This is their 3rd year on the ground and they are now taller than me. I think I am actually going to cut them back because they are providing too much shade to the tomatoes. The placement of the raspberries is probably my biggest gardening mistake so far. They are in the middle of the garden and there are too many of them. This fall, we have decided to dig them up, transplant some to the southeast corner of the garden and gift the rest. I still have many raspberries in the freezer from last fall!
Trees: all 4 apples, 2 cherries, 2 peaches, and the sole pear are looking great. The only fruit we have are 2 peaches–one on each tree. If we can get these to harvest, we will need to have some kind of ceremony around them!
Grapes–the grapes are loving their new home along the western fence of the garden. We heavily mulched with compost and growth has been great. We even have a cluster of grapes
on one of the pinot noir vines.
Kiwi–the hardy kiwi vines, in their third year, have yet to flower, but growth is good. We will see.