It’s Victoria Day here in Canada, which is officially considered the kick-off to both summer and the high season of gardening. In honour of that, today I’m sharing my annual Victoria Day garden tour.
Up first, I have lettuce and potatoes in planters. The lettuce is there to protect it from pests until it’s big enough. The potatoes are there because I’m trying to cram more into my garden. If you’re curious, I bought the potato planters from West Coast Seeds, and they work really well. They’re not too heavy, either, so I can shift them around as needed. Plus, they fold down for storage when the potatoes are done. I’m happy with this purchase so far.
Up next, in the warmest spot in the garden I have herbs. In this photo you can really only see the sage, but there’s also rosemary, thyme, bergamot and oregano hiding in there. Also, my tomato plants are in the back, and they’re very happy so far. I had an excellent harvest when I planted them here a few years ago, and I’m hoping for something similar this year. With a fairly warm spring so far, things are looking good.
In the narrow, sunny bed in front of my sunroom window, I have peppermint and some beneficial flowers, as well as peppers, broccoli and cauliflower. Down at the very end you can see the strawberries. Last year my peppers and broccoli both failed, but this year they’re doing much better. Once again, I credit the warm spring.
My raspberries, rose bush, and blueberries are ticking along as well.
I’ve had mixed success with the garden bed that extends down the side of my house. The plants here seem to be especially prone to pests, as it’s not the sunniest spot, and it’s right up against the house where bugs like to hide. I’ve been using slug traps this year, with some success. It seems to have saved my basil, which didn’t survive in the past. My onions and bush beans are also pretty happy here. However, most of my amaranth seedlings have disappeared, and so I’m considering starting them in a planter like the lettuce.
In the final garden bed alongside the house, in addition to the weeds you can see some volunteer potato plants, spinach and kale. I’ll be transplanting my lettuce here once it’s big enough as well.
My raised bed is currently home to some beneficial flowers, carrots, melons, tomatillos, eggplant, the first of my corn seedlings, and pumpkins. The pumpkins seem to have been confused by the early good weather, putting out flowers long before they ought to have. I planted some extra pumpkin seeds when I put the plants out, in the hopes that if these ones fail then the younger ones will succeed. This is the third year I’m trying melons, and they haven’t succeeded yet, but with the good weather the plants are doing pretty well so far, so I’m hopeful that this year will be different.
If you were to visit my garden today, though, what you would most likely really notice are all the bumblebees. They’re buzzing around the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and sage flowers, doing their pollinating. I’m glad to see them, and I hope that they bode well for a good summer ahead.
What does your garden look like right now?