Lush!

It has been raining cats, dogs, elephants and seahorses here in Goshen, and the once tame, slightly underfilled garden has taken off!

The "Bed Bed" with newly planted thyme, a transplanted zinnia, regrowing Swiss chard, sea kale, salvia, parsley, nasturtiums, onions, various types of basil and tomatoes gone crazy!

The “Bed Bed” with newly planted thyme, a transplanted zinnia, regrowing Swiss chard, sea kale, salvia, parsley, nasturtiums, onions, various types of basil and tomatoes gone crazy!

North side of the "Bed Bed" (a repurposed Sleep Number Bed frame) with overgrown, post-pruned tomato plants, basil, oregano, and cucumbers starting to climb the trellis.

North side of the “Bed Bed” (a repurposed Sleep Number Bed frame) with overgrown, post-pruned tomato plants, basil, oregano, and cucumbers starting to climb the trellis.

Our compost bin is full of extra tomato branches, and these plants are still 3-5 x any others I've seen in Goshen yet.

Our compost bin is full of extra tomato branches, and these plants are still 3-5 x any others I’ve seen in Goshen yet.

Winterbor kale, chocolate mint, oregano starting to bud, with marigolds and tomato foliage peaking through.

Winterbor kale, chocolate mint, oregano starting to bud, with marigolds and tomato foliage peaking through.

Kale *after* harvesting two bags' worth in 18 hours just from the right side one.

Kale *after* harvesting two bags’ worth in 18 hours just from the right side one.

Flowering cilantro, two types of kale, ruby red chard, marigold, lemongrass, chives, watercress, dill, and bell peppers loving each other up!

Flowering cilantro, two types of kale, ruby red chard, marigold, lemongrass, chives, watercress, dill and bell peppers loving each other up!

Stars and Moon watermelon growing happily in a crate alongside recently trimmed back nettles.

Stars and Moon watermelon growing happily in a crate alongside recently trimmed back nettles.

Sunflowers and bee friendly wildflowers starting their marathon out front (viewed from the back)

Sunflowers and bee friendly wildflowers starting their marathon out front (viewed from the back)

One of two acorn squash crates soon to be trellised. We also have cantaloupe, cucumbers, Jubilee Watermelon and Boston Marrow Squash taking off in milk crates.

One of two acorn squash crates soon to be trellised. We also have cantaloupe, cucumbers, Jubilee Watermelon and Boston Marrow Squash taking off in milk crates.

All I can say, “Thank you, Nature!” Wow, just made homemade pesto, green smoothies, and last night I harvested a huge bag of dandelion greens. Wish I knew more raw foodies in Goshen. LOL … we will have mighty happy neighbors soon, and it looks like my parents will have lots of fresh food when they visit in early July. 🙂

11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by beth on June 26, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    OMG! OMG! OMG! pinch me, am I nature dreaming??? how gloriously splendidly edible and so healthy looking! wow, perfectly awesome….how do you do it ? wait, don’t tell me, I know…but, I want to do the same, lol (whine) ok, mine is pitifully little in growth but I know with a bit more time and sun(now that it got moved to a sunnier spot, limited space however) it will bloom and grow…but your garden is phenomenal, enjoy it, congrats and keep it up 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. Posted by penny on June 26, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    beautiful!!!

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  3. Posted by beth on June 26, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    PS: didn’t know there was such a thing as chocolate mint, sounds grand

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  4. Haha, thanks! I had been feeling a little discouraged, wondering if some of the chard and kale would make it after their leaf hopper and bunny attacks last week. Between the flowers, the regular spritzing with peppermint oil and the alternating rain deluge and intense sun, everything has recovered and then some. I don’t know what I’m going to do with these tomatoes, though! It’s early in the season and they are already more than my cages can handle. One is even double caged!

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  5. Oh, and chocolate mint is one of my favorites! I’m growing chocolate mint, peppermint and “garden mint.” The garden mint is another one that almost didn’t make it. I had it planted out front and someone munched it down to less than one leaf. I uprooted it, and it’s growing well again on the north side of the bell pepper plant. 🙂

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  6. looks gorgeous! chocolate mint and bunnies will have me visiting 😉 love you

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  7. Yay! Miss you and love you. 🙂

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  8. Posted by Cheryl on June 27, 2013 at 4:23 am

    WOWSA!! I’m so proud of my one garden bed – a mere intention for 5+ years that I finally built and planted this year. With all the rain in WI, mine is growing like mad as well. Rookie here, so do you have to trellis squash? The zucchini, acorn & summer squash are growing like mad- and the watermelon & honeydew are overtaking my newly sprouted green beans…. HELP!!! =)

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  9. I’m proud of you, too! If you are trying to grow in a small space, then yes, you will want to trellis. Beans are light and can use just a few poles, but depending on squash or melon size, you will want much sturdier trellises. We are getting hog panels for our larger squash and cantaloupe. The cantaloupe will need support hose. LOL, but true! Nylon hose tied to the trellis under them will keep them from falling. If your variety of watermelon is small, you can trellis those. Ours are 15-40 pounds so I am letting them spread over two mulched out areas. Good luck! Squash grows fast. 🙂 Yay!

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  10. Posted by Cheryl on June 30, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks, Laura! I will be staking & supporting numerous more plants I see. Spent the day in Nature yesterday & thought of you. Have David pull up my FB page to see the photos I posted – caught a cool Elemental in the woods…. XO

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  11. Awesome! I will let him know. So many people are catching Elementals on camera these days! xoxo

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