|Part of one edge of our garden|
The zucchini hasn't done much. Only one plant came up. Most of the fruits were afflicted with blossom end rot, but we did get a few good zucchinis from it. The winter squash has been about the same. We had planted a variety -- a seed mixture that included several types of winter squash. Only two plants came up (the chipmunks ate most of the seeds before they had a chance to sprout), and it looks as if we will have one mature squash from each plant.
The basil did great. I planted a kind called boxwood basil with tiny leaves. The selling point was that the leaves don't need chopping before use. True, but one also must get all of those tiny leaves off the tiny little branches before using. Not bad if you just want a few tablespoons, but rather time-consuming if you want to make pesto or a sauce. I have made one batch of pesto and frozen it in 4 little zip-top bags. I hope to make at least one more batch and also some basil butter.
The tomatoes produced well but recently developed late blight, so I have pulled up the plants.
|A few cherry tomatoes gleaming in a stainless steel bowl|
The mustard greens did well, but went to seed quickly.
|The mustard flowers made a cute little bouquet.|
|We always plant marigolds in and around our garden to help with pests.|
|I received a little potted petunia at church for Mother's Day. Planted it at the garden's edge where it did well. I ended up moving it to the side of the garden as it was being overtaken by a zucchini plant.|
|Close-up of a blossom. It survived the move and even did better in the second location.|
|An even closer look at this pretty blossom.|