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My Spring Garden (with hot summer temps)

It has been a strange Spring. The beginning of May was unseasonably cold, and the end of the month was crazy hot. Plus, I have been super busy, so the putting my garden kept getting pushed back. I am glad to say, even though it took to the last, very hot weekend, that it is finally planted 😊

This year, I planted:

Grape Tomatoes

Broccoli

Cucumbers

Carrots

Spinach

Lettuce

Bell Peppers

Sweet Potatoes

And this year’s “trial” garden crop is Blueberries 😊 I hope they do well, I love blueberries.

Last year’s trial crop was Beauregard Sweet Potatoes. I wasn’t sure if they would work in my growing zone. Everything I’ve read about them say they like a long, hot growing season. I tried anyway … I planted the vines on Mother’s Day and harvested on October 15th. I was thrilled with my crop 😊 I had 2 boxes full of keepers (I need to get a scale to weigh them this year). I had at least 15 nicely shaped, smooth potatoes along with a bunch of miss-shapen, gnarly looking ones (which were delicious, btw). There was a curing period of a few weeks, then I stored them in a basket in the cool, unfinished section of my basement. They lasted through the winter and we just ate the last one on Mother’s Day weekend 😊.

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Sweet Potato Harvest

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Digging out the sweet potatoes from my garden.

 

Garden Harvest

They look like sweet potato ducks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring time is my favorite time in the garden.  I love the planning phase of gardening, and I love the planting. Even the watering every night and seeing the growth is fun in the beginning. Somewhere around mid-July, taking care of my garden starts becoming more of a chore than a joy. Sadly, it’s not uncommon to find just as many weeds as vegetable plants in my garden by the end of August. I’m sure a consistently weeded garden bed would yield more, but my garden produces just enough fresh produce to feed my family and some to preserve for the winter months … and that’s good enough for me😊

Do you have a vegetable garden? A flower garden? A little of both?

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