I am lagging soooo far behind in my garden chores, it’s pathetic. I have tomato seedlings in little pots, eggplants in pots, even cabbage in pots.
These poor little seedlings have been in their pots too long. They're chlorotic and rootbound.
My raised beds are emptying out from harvests, but I haven’t replanted the squares yet. So much to do, so much yet to be planted.
About a third of the squares in my raised beds are empty.
I won’t even mention the avocado, Valencia orange, and two lemon trees yet to be planted.
This Haas avocado is my newest tree purchase. It's not in the ground yet.
It has two itty bitty avocados on it. They may or may not make it to maturity as some of these babies usually fall off.
And my blueberry bushes. I’ve had them three years and they’re still in their original nursery pots. ARG!
Will these blueberry bushes ever get planted? I bought some barrels to plant them in last year, but still haven't done the deed.
And here it is Friday, and I haven’t even posted my Harvest Monday for May 24 yet. Well, that’s one thing that I can take care of right now. I’m getting some good things from the garden.
Homegrown peaches and strawberries go on cereal in the morning and on vanilla ice cream in the evening.
Sugar snap peas go into pasta primavera.
I've finished harvesting blue potatoes from Smart Pot #1. Here's half the harvest.
And I can dream of harvests to come.
Early Girl tomatoes
I haven't been planting lettuce regularly, and it all went to seed at once. Only this Lollo Rossa is left.
Looks like we're going to get a few blackberries this June.
This will be the first cluster to ripen. Just enough for a bowl of cereal or ice cream.
I get enough strawberries every few days for my cereal. I think I'll plant two strawberry pots next year.
I have seven Tendergreen cucumbers growing in this pot. I normally only grow four per pot. I'm hoping that with regular watering and fertilizer, all will produce cucumbers. The first female flowers are now showing, but it will be a while before they're mature enough to be fertilized.
If I'm careful with my photo angle, my Garden of Infinite Neglect looks pretty good.
Uh, oh, the neighborhood fox squirrels are getting into the Florida Prince peaches. I picked the last ones today.
And now for the actual harvest from last week, ending May 24.
3 oz. Onions, Green Bunching
2.5 oz. Peas, Snow
6 oz. Peas, Sugar Snap
12 oz. Potatoes, Blue
1 oz. Squash Blossoms
5 oz. Strawberries
1 lb, 13.5 oz. produce plus 10 eggs
About Lou Murray, Ph.D.
I'm a retired medical researcher, retired professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent for many years. I also supervised environmental restoration projects and taught at the Orange County Conservation Corps before retiring in the summer of 2016. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks. I am also dedicated to combatting global climate change.
Oh peaches. Yum. I could just imagine eating peaches and strawberries. They are two of my favorite fruits.
Hi Daphne, Mac and Ali. My dear husband put the last of our peaches and today’s pick of strawberries into our morning pancakes. Some had peaches and strawberries and some had our first tiny harvest of blueberries. Those were the last peaches from the Florida Prince peach. Now I’m waiting to see which ripens first, our Babcock or August Pride peaches.
I saw your comment about your raised beds on Daphne’s site. Is the material of your beds more or less like the Trex decking material? I looked into using Trex for raised beds a while ago a, but could not find any info about whether or not it leaches anything into the soil over time. Have you read anything about that? Thanks!
Hi Maggie. I got my raised beds from Gardeners Supply Company and trust their products to be safe. The boards are more or less like Trex but are made for these raised beds. They are a composite of sawdust and recycled plastic, can’t remember what kind. They are molded to look like cut wood and even smelled like wood when they were fresh out of the box. I know that pressure treated lumber isn’t safe and I didn’t want to support cutting down redwood trees, so I went with this product. They’re called Forever Beds.
Thanks for this. Your garden beds are really nice looking. And I love the idea of not replacing them so often. I am just a bit paranoid about growing food in plastic. Not because of anything I’ve read, but rather just a nagging worry. I will look into these more for the future. Thanks very much for the info!
Maggie, the bottom of the bed is dirt, so it isn’t really growing plants IN plastic, just next to the board sides.
I’m with Daphne, I LOVE peaches and strawberries. I live near a wonderful strawberry farm, so I’m good there, but I do wish I could grow peaches, but they just don’t like my soil. 😦
I don’t think I could trade Maine for California, but I’d sure like to visit your garden pretty much every day 🙂 YUM
Your edible garden looks really green and nice, I can only dream of homegrown peaches and strawberries.
Trex can be used to make raised beds and planter boxes. I can provide leaching information as well to confirm that Trex is safe to use in this application. I can be reached at 1-800-BUY-TREX or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, Brittany. I’m comfortable with the safety of my raised beds for vegetables, but hope others will contact you if they have concerns.