Monday, July 14, 2014

Garden Update - Mid-July 2014

It has been a busy summer so far. The growing season is a couple weeks behind due to one of the harsher winters we've had in a long time.  
However, the garden is slowly coming along nicely.

 Fresh picked greens for dinner  - spinach, baby kale, arugula, three types of lettuce

Garlic is picked and drying.

 I've used as much space as possible this year for growing our own food.  Red/Green lettuce growing in window boxes.

 Savoy cabbage, dinosaur kale and Zinnias, started indoor by seed, growing in planters.
 Mystery yellow blossom, from squash, zucchini, pumpkin?  Most likely planted by the squirrels.  Will soon find out what it is.

 Lemon balm and lemon thyme growing in planter

 Purple pole beans in raised bed

 Mixed greens growing in raised bed : 
Arugula, spinach, tasoi, bok choy, red/green lettuce

 Gold fish are thriving and keeping mosquitos away.  This is their third summer in the rain barrels and are doing very well.   In the winter I bring them inside and keep in a fish tank.

Dinosaur Kale growing in my front flower bed.   
Using every inch of space for growing our own food. 


  1. hi janet,
    wow...your garden looks beautiful.what is dinosaur kale?It's maybe what we called Palmkohl in german.?
    your red impatiens looks wonderful.all your plants looks very healthy.Fresh homegrown salad taste much more better as the salad from the supermarket.
    Have a nice week,

  2. How do the fish survive without a filter?

    1. Goldfish are a species of carp. The don't need as clean of water or even as warm as tropical fish. They can easily survive in a barrel like this even in cool weather. I am planning on trying this. I am just worried about the barrels going dry! I am just going to have to keep an eye on them. Thanks for the cool idea!

  3. How do you keep birds from eating the goldfish?

    1. An easy solution would be to throw a wire mesh cover on top!


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