Six on Saturday-June 9

It’s “Selebration Saturday” here because 1 1/2″ of rain fell on Thursday night, allowing this gardener to do something besides watering!  Berry rows have been weeded, annuals have been planted, and the Cutting Garden tidied.  With the rain, the plants are celebrating with a burst of growth.  In the newly mulched potager interior border, the final “spring” planting of peas emerged Interior border south  along the potager’s fence.  Cuke Parisian 6-9-18  The “Parisian” cukes had babies!  Overnight!!!  Although slower than “Cashflow, Clarimore and Raven” who already have 4″ fruits, the “Sunburst” squash exploded with these enormous blooms.  Squash Sunburst 6-9-18  When more squash are blooming, I’ll steal some of the male blossoms to stuff.  YUM!  In another section of the potager, these “Artwork Baby” mini broccoli shot skyward.  It’s a new one for me, and the juryBroc Artwork Baby  is still out on this variety.  Even though they are very cute, the plants take up just as much space as the nearby “Blue Wind” broccoli, whose heads are 2-3 times the size.  Unless the “Artwork Baby” produces tons of side shoots, or produces better in the heat, they won’t have a space again.  For some reason, I mistakenly assumed a mini-broccoli would have small plants and take less space.  Lettuce volunteer This pretty lettuce just showed up at the edge of a bed and was allowed to stay.  I’m a softie when it comes to allowing lettuce to not only set seed, but to distribute itself here and there throughout the potager.  These volunteers fill space, shade out weeds, keep the soil softened until other crops need more space, and provide a lot of texture and color in the garden.  Also, birds love the seeds, and I love seeing the surprise colors and forms that pop up.  Excess plants are easily pulled.  What’s not to love with free plants?  And we are salad lovers, which also explains why I’m growing dandelions in the potager, even though wild dandelions are abundant anywhere in the lawn. Dandelion Italian 6-9-18 I can’t wait to try these pretty Italian dandelions, with their burgundy stems and veining.  So far, I’m impressed with their appearance, their upright growth that keeps plants cleaner and makes harvesting easier, and their continued good flavor despite the heat.  They are showing no signs of blooming yet, although all the “wild” ones have already “puffed” and become very bitter.

That’s my “Six on Saturday” for this week.  Thanks to The Propagator for inventing and hosting this meme.  Visit his blog to see other offerings from around the globe!

 

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About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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25 Responses to Six on Saturday-June 9

  1. March Picker says:

    Yum! Your veggies look grateful for the rain. Plenty of good eating on the horizon.

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  2. bcparkison says:

    Your harvest days are here.

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  3. Oh my goodness, what wonderful abundance!

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  4. The dandelions veined leaves are quite attractive. Makes a change from trying to remove them all.

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    • carolee says:

      Silly, I know, when there are thousands all around me just waiting for picking and there I stand, watering and hovering over these Italians, just because they are gorgeous. Am I crazy?

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  5. wilsonagaba says:

    wonderful garden!

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  6. You are just amazing. My garden in Heaven will look like that. I hope… We also have had a couple of good soaking rains. The forest is so green right now and the herbs/plants on the deck are quite happy.

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  7. Cortney says:

    Hooray for rain! So excited to see the progress with your veggies- ours still aren’t doing much (save the kohlrabi). Hope the next rain isn’t too far behind!

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  8. Robin says:

    Your garden definitely looks happier after the ran! 🙂 Nice for you to have a break from watering.
    When I was growing a CSA garden a few years ago, I grew dandelion greens for a cancer survivor customer. I didn’t happen across the Italian variety when I ordered seeds. They are gorgeous.

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    • carolee says:

      We grew up eating dandelions, and I still like them, but I LOVE these Italians! Wondering now if they are hardy here and will return next spring, or if they will succumb to our harsh winters.

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  9. It looks like things are growing well there! That lettuce volunteer is a real beauty. I’ve been growing the Artwork broccoli for a couple of years now and it does make a lot of side shoots for me. My plants get pretty big too.

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    • carolee says:

      Thanks for the info on Artwork Baby. Progress is leaping since it finally rained. There’s suddenly a gazillion tomatoes and the potatoes are blooming, vines are growing 6″ a night! I’m working on being as productive as you are!!!

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  10. Shawn Ann says:

    Your garden is absolutely gorgeous. And who doesn’t love free plants? Only crazies! 😉 I Allow several things to reseed and if I don’t like where they show up I transplant or put them in a pot and offer to friends!
    Those burgundy colored dandelions are just beautiful!

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  11. Phuong says:

    Cute baby cucumber, and your broccoli and dandelion greens are gorgeous. We’re a bit further away from harvesting anything but we’ve got kale, lots and lots of kale.

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  12. lightwalker1 says:

    Your garden is beautiful and abundant. You Excellent photos show off your plantings perfectly. Thank you kindly for stopping by and checking out my blog. In love and light Cheryle

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  13. Meg says:

    I love the rain on the plants! Thank you for the inspiration…Meg

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