JUNE IN THE GARDEN


The "In The Garden" Posts are such a great way to document each month what is happening in the garden.  Each year I always think I will remember what grew where, what grew when, and of course I never do.  So with these posts, I hope to journal each months garden events.
A few years ago, I saw and ad in our local paper, which read:  "Take a one day workshop, and build a Willow Chair".  So I did...what a day that was.  You sure learned how to swing a hammer!  I built the chair on the left, and my friend built the one on the right.  It was a lot of fun, and one day, I hope to make other Willow furniture for the garden.
Many of the spring time flowers are well under way.  Peonies, Irises, African Daisies, Calendula, Poppies, with many more flowers just waiting to bloom.
Now for the Raised Vegetable beds:

In the first raised bed we planted:  spinach, radishes, bush beans, swiss chard, winter squashes (acorn, butternut) and red cabbage.  Amongst the veggie beds we have Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme, Lemon Balm, Mint, with lots of nasturtiums and calendula  - which are both lovely in salads.

These are actually the third and fourth raised beds we put in.  Here we planted:  red cabbage, broccoli, zucchini, collard greens, and the far back bed has beets, carrots, and more red cabbage.  Our second bed has lettuces, Italian Flat leaf Parsley, zucchini, and Rudebecia, and Snap dragons that have self seeded.  Tomatoes and Basil are in the mini green house.  One of the reasons we planted red cabbage in each bed....is to attract the slugs to those plants hoping they will leave the others alone.  Does not always work.  This year in particular seems to be a huge slug year!  We have put out containers of non-alcohol beer...it helps, but with our West coast rain, they continue to thrive.  I will not use a chemical for slugs, so we just do what we can to help minimize their destruction.  I have learned in terms of lettuce, the best ones for our garden is the loose leaf types, as the more compact lettuces attract the slugs with a vengeance.  Thankfully, we are not dealing with deer in the gardens, as they could wipe them out completely!  If anyone has some good tips for dealing with slugs, please let me know.....happy gardening everyone!

Ina Gawne
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June 6, 2010
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