Our Suburban Garden – June Update

By | June 22, 2016

The last time we checked in on our suburban garden, there wasn’t much happening…except rain. Now, we’re officially in the heat of the summer I think, and all that rain seems to be long gone. But luckily, most of our garden seems to be adjusting pretty well.

First of all, I have to tell you how excited I am for the raspberries! Just look at these beauties!

 

There are way more out there that need to be picked, too. It’s crazy that these berries did nothing, nothing, nothing for three years and are now the most exciting thing out there. It’s so fun to me that we can grow these in our backyard¬†suburban garden.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Raspberries

Hello, wonderful, beautiful summer, indeed!

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 First Raspberries

Of course, there are other exciting things out there. The tomatoes, for example, look better than they’ve ever looked. I need to remember to go put some fertilizer on them so they’ll keep doing awesome, but for now, I’m feeling silly for planting so many.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Tomatoes 2

It’s just that the last few years, our tomatoes haven’t done anything…so I figured I’d plant a lot this year in hopes of at least getting enough tomatoes for salsa. If they keep doing this, I may have enough tomatoes for salsa, juice, spaghetti sauce, and more! Not bad for a little¬†suburban garden…but I need to keep things under control in terms of my expectations.

The peppers are looking better, too, although they still aren’t doing great. I’m hopeful we can encourage them to get moving.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Peppers

We even have a couple little baby peppers already.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Peppers 2

But, their pallet wood raised bed isn’t doing so well. We built our suburban garden on the cheap using salvaged materials…but it’s starting to show. We may have to do some upkeep soon.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Broken Pallet Raised Garden Bed

The eggplant are also doing well, considering this time last month they were covered, and I mean covered, in aphids. One treatment seemed to do the trick, which was really surprising to me, but I’ll take it! There are lots of blooms and even a couple tiny little eggplants already out there.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Eggplant

We also have tiny zucchini!

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Zucchini 2

I’m not fighting the squash borers as much as I’d need to to totally defeat them, but my goal is just to hold them off long enough to get a few fresh zucchini. I have gone out and picked off the eggs a few times, and I even found and killed a few of the worms from inside the plant (by looking for “frass” the signs they had already burrowed in). I’m also adding dirt to encourage more root growth to support the plant once the borers do get in. If anyone has any other suggestions for our suburban garden for how to keep my plants alive as long as possible, I’m all ears!

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Zucchini

The little acorn squash, or maybe it’s butternut squash, also seems to have revived. We did lose one of them, but that’s okay.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Squash

And the broccoli and cauliflower are our one major casualty I think. We seemed to have gotten a cabbage worm problem overnight and everything really got destroyed before we got our plants treated. Oops. We used some BT on them so I’m in hopes it will help us at least get a couple small heads…maybe.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Broccoli

On that note, when do you pick them? Now? When they are bigger? I’m not sure they’ll get much bigger. The whole thing may be a bust.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016  Cauliflower

The cucumbers are also doing their thing. We planted a different kind this year so I’m not sure I like them…but they are supposed to be better for pickling. I guess I need to get on it and start pickling.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Cucumbers

And, I’m now eating sugar snap peas all day long, which is nice. Those are an item I never think to buy at the store and then when we have them, I wonder why I don’t always keep them on hand.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Sugar Snap Peas

Also, on a related note, I’m so thankful we don’t have to grow all our own food in this little suburban garden. Can you imagine having to grow like rows and rows of peas, then shelling them, just to make a side dish for one meal? Much less have them in the freezer. Sheesh. I know my great grandparents used to do this…but I can’t image it. Shelling peas is so tedious.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Peas Eggplant Lettuce

We moved our strawberries out to the garden, which will hopefully help them. We need to buy a few replacements for the ones we lost, but the strawberries have been good anyway.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Strawberries

The beans are doing well, too.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Beans

But, can someone tell me why some of them are all curly and weird? A variety thing? A pollination thing?

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Curly Bean

Lastly, I have to brag on Wyatt for not weed-eating down my dill in the “flower beds” (grass/weed beds?) next to our deck.

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Dill 2

Not only are they pretty, but the’ll help with those pickles if I ever get going on making them!

Container Gardening Suburban Garden June 2016 Dill

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