The month of May has been a crazy one here and it’s already time for the June garden update. Both boys finished up a wonderful year of school, so we had a lot of events to attend with them, my cousin graduated high school so I spent a weekend in Florida for that, plus I finished the yearbook for the elementary school and had to do the distribution. Now that school is out, it’s time for “summer vacay” as Tyler likes to call it.
It’s been the first week of summer break here, and we have been to the splash pad, visited the library and the boys both got their own library cards, played in the rain, and finished some to-do items inside and outside the house. The fence was falling into the neighbors yard, so the guys fixed that up last weekend. They also did some gardening while out there.
We know the summer isn’t easy on the garden, so we are trying to make sure to water every day out there. So far, we haven’t lost much due to the heat except the Asiatic Lilies that never do well once it gets warm.
We did have a tropical disturbance come through earlier this week. It left a lot of rain and slightly cooler temperatures so the plants loved it.
The herbs are hit or miss. Sometimes one is doing well when others aren’t, and then a week later it switches. Right now, you can see the basil is growing the best. We had some cilantro, but just used it in a meal the other day so there isn’t a lot left. I’m pretty sure I drowned the oregano a while ago, I just haven’t gotten any to replace it yet. The parsley is hanging on and the thyme is growing slowly.
Even though the mint is planted outside, it’s still an herb. We don’t know what we are doing, but the mint thrives in the garden. Most of the good soil has been used and there is dirt out there. But still, the mint grows without a problem.
Fruit & Vegetable Garden
We still aren’t positive what is growing in the boys garden beds, but it’s growing well! The plants have started to flower, so we may know in the next few weeks as the vegetable grows.
We finally planted the tomato plants! It’s only been on the to-do list for a few months. My father-in-law also bought a few tomato and pepper plants to put in the garden, so those are growing, too. There are a few peppers growing on one of the plants, so we need to watch those until they are ready before the birds get to them.
The banana trees continue to grow. We won’t know for a few months yet if we are going to get any bananas from them this year. But, I didn’t get them for the fruit, I got them for the tropical look in the yard.
The blackberry bush is flourishing! We’ve waited two years and are finally getting an abundance of berries. Every morning Justin goes out, trying to beat the mockingbirds, and pulls a few handfuls of berries. We have a few bowls of them in the house, and plan to make some type of blackberry cobbler soon with them. I can’t believe the amount of berries. Now we are trying to decide if we want to do blueberries on the other side or maybe get another blackberry bush.
Back Yard & Front Yard Plants
The hibiscus plant in the front yard bloomed this week. It’s only one flower right now, but we haven’t had that up there for very long. There are a few more flower buds that are growing so may open soon as well.
The Asiatic Lilies are reaching the end of their season. There’s only one flower left and the rest have all dropped their petals.
The monkey grass and ginger plants are doing really well right now. I even noticed a flower that seems to be growing on the ginger plant. I didn’t know those would flower!
While the Asiatic Lilies are reaching their end, the Canna Lilies are starting to bloom. They do better in the warmer weather, so will have flowers all summer long and into the fall here.
What’s New in the Garden?
The tomato plants and pepper plants have finally been transplanted to the backyard. We also added some starters for both and they are growing well. The fence has been repaired between our house and the neighbors. And, there is a turtle friend that keeps appearing in our yard. He was on the front porch a week or two ago, and today he was out in the backyard. I think the turtle just wanted to make sure he made it into the June garden update photos.
Current Favorite Garden Products
The change in season often means a change in the gardening tools you need. Right now, these are the ones that we tend to be using the most.
Last Month’s Garden To-Do List
Transplant the tomato plants that are ready for the backyard garden Trim back the banana trees that haven’t regrown Get seeds and/or starter plants for the vegetable garden Bell Peppers Onions
- Buy new oregano seeds to plant in the herb garden
Watch the blackberries closely to pick just before ripe so the birds don’t eat them like before Pull weeds from all garden beds in the back and front yard
Current Garden To-Do List
- Build a structure to hold netting over the blackberry bush to keep the birds away
- Buy new oregano seeds to plant in the herb garden
- Transplant celery and green onion scraps to the garden
- Pull weeds (yes we did this last month, but it’s a never-ending job)
View the full May Garden Update here
- Do you like to cook with fresh herbs?
- Have you ever had a plant grow that you have no idea how it got there?
- What backyard critters do you have surprisingly show up near you?
- What’s your favorite type of berry to eat?