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What’s Growing in the Garden

Date Posted: June 16, 2016

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener What’s Growing in the Garden
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The weather has been up and down here in zone 7a. We would have 3 to 4 days of 90+ degree temperatures during the day, in the 50s at night and then a week of mid 70s. Great weather no doubt, but not so great on my warmer temperature crops such as peppers and eggplant.

How are the Tomatoes Doing

I have some roma tomatoes that are turning red right now, so I am looking forward to biting into it any day now. My other tomato plants are growing very nicely. The beefsteaks are getting huge and some have smaller tomatoes on them as do the sun golds and Arkansas travelers.

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What’s Growing in the GardenPhoto Credit: Mike the Gardener

How is the Rain in My Area

As crazy as it sounds, I have not had to water my gardens once. The small containers and pots yes, but the large garden areas, no. We have seen a consistency in the rain around here, a few inches each week, which definitely saves on the water bill, and helps fill up the rain barrels.

What is My Best Crop this Year … So Far

This year, by far, has been my best year ever for peas. They are huge! If you have been following my other blog posts and videos, I go more in depth on the varieties that I am growing and the space that I am growing them in. I am getting literally hundreds of peas from a three foot by three foot garden bed. Definitely a good use of space.

What’s Growing in the GardenPhoto Credit: Mike the Gardener

Best Herb Garden Yet

With the exception of the basil, which needs a lot more heat than we have been getting, my herb garden is growing exceptionally well. I have a dozen different herbs growing, and they all took off. So as you can imagine, we are snipping off some here and there and adding them to our culinary uses.

Fruit Bearing Bushes

I have peach trees, apple trees, blackberry bushes, blueberry bushes and raspberry bushes on my property. While in years past the raspberries have far outperformed the rest, this year it’s the blackberries. We have thousands of blackberries that are near ripe and ready to be picked. I am hoping that the birds stay away long enough so I can enjoy most of them.

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Usually by now I have so many raspberries that I simply cannot keep up with the harvest. I would imagine that due to the inconsistency in the weather, they are slow to ripen. Hopefully by the end of this month they will be ready to go.


My blueberry bushes are still small so I am not expecting too much out of them. In fact they are probably two or three years away from being anything that I would consider productive. But what I did do this year is clean out the area they are planted in, put down some landscaping fabric and then utilized some pine bark mulch to keep the weeds at bay. So far it is working.

Peach and Apple Trees

Looks like it is going to be another great year for peaches, as the trees are loaded with them. I will usually lose a few to the squirrels, but since the trees have so many on them, I am not worried. The apples on the other hand are a different story. I did not get too many, and if I don’t take any precautionary methods, the squirrels will get them and there are not enough for all of us. I like to use a bird netting over the tree. That seems to work fairly well.

So far the garden is coming along nicely and it looks like we will be getting another year of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. Let’s hope the weather warms up a bit so we can get those pepper and eggplant going.

Happy gardening!

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About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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