My spring Garden is doing Great! I always love it when we get a nice long rain. The plants thirst for it and respond by really taking off. I’ve harvested my first strawberry and have started some integrated pest management techniques by planting companion plants of annuals and herbs. I’ve planted geraniums, zinnias, nasturtiums, and marigolds. I’ve also planted chamomile in between my onions as it should enhance their flavor and drive nasty bugs away. I still need to incorporate basil, cilantro, thyme, anise, and oregano. I’ll add some of these to my spring garden and to my 3 summer garden plots at my mom and dads. I’m also planning on planting tons of basil around my chicken coop and back deck as it’s a natural fly and mosquito repellant. I still have a long way to go and am hoping to finally be done with all of my planting this weekend. Below are some pics of my gardens so far.
I planted marigolds around the whole parameter of the plot. The rain may have drowned some of them out 🙁 On the top right corner I planted zinnias. In front of the peas I planted geraniums and interspersed are nasturtiums.
Peas. The bunnies are finally leaving them alone. Still need to put some hemp string up so they can climb, oops 🙂
Fava Beans – Need to string these up also
Geraniums starting to grow!
Chamomile starting to grow in between my onions
Tomatillo Plants, for fresh green salsa!!
Summer Garden Plots and composter
Tomato Plants – I am so proud of these babies!! I grew them from seeds indoors and through trial and error they are doing great!! Heirloom tomato’s from Seed Savers Exchange.
I also grew my peppers and eggplants from seed indoors. I grew AMAZING Spanish padron peppers, Italian marconi and buran red peppers. My Eggplants are also a variety from Spain. I grow from seeds indoors to grow Spanish varieties that you can’t get in the states. They are Heirloom varieties and not genetically modified. I can already smell pimientos fritos!