The Joe Pye Weed is taking over and as much as I like JPW I need to get that sucker under control.
The great part about our backyard, with all the beautiful things growing, is that wildlife is loving it. Every day I can go outside and not only see deer like we usually do but daily we have rabbits, birds, squirrels, chipmunks, snakes, frogs, turtles, dragonflies, butterflies, bees, wasps, and a whole host of other things. The rabbits like hiding in the growth so each day we run into about 4 or 5 back there.
So onto what else I am having success with.
One of my favorite herbs. In the past I'd always keep a pot of chamomile inside but last year I planted some and forgot about it. I was delighted to see it return this year so I planted some more. It is a zone 4 herb but our last harsh winter killed off things I thought were meant for this zone so I was pleasantly surprised when the chamomile popped up.
Dill is hardier than I thought. Not only does it appear in odd random places around the garden, after planting a whole new bunch this year we let the Black Swallowtail caterpillar devour it all and yet from the nubs that were left it regrew. Great, because I need it for canning :-)
Someone please explain to me what is up with the tomatoes? I purchased two heirloom tomato plants at the Friends Plant Sale this year and they've grown into these monstrous things (5 feet tall) but the fruits are all still green. I've never had that experience with tomatoes before. I'm not surprised about the growth as much as the fact they aren't red or turning red yet. I am worried with the way the weather has been that the frost is going to appear before the tomatoes ripen :(
Omgosh! Last years sweet potatoes didn't grow but this year they are doing great. I am more of a "learn by trial and error" and not so much by reading so I have no idea when to harvest the potatoes or how long they take to grow but I have learned one thing and that is not to plant them in a garden box again. They want to spread far and wide and the box is just too small for them.
Now this I don't want to do the trial and error thing with. I am going to have to watch a few YouTube videos and read up on this delicious plant. I have been trying to grow asparagus for a few years and each time I'd plant the root something would come along and take it or eat it. I was at the Farmer's Market this spring and a vendor was selling itty bitty plants so I put 3 in the ground and they are growing great! Not sure what the next step is but I'll be staying on top of this one since this yummy plant is a perennial :-)
That's it. Anyone else have success or failures in the garden this year? Luckily we've not had any pests but the onions and shallots aren't coming along like expected, they are both itty bitty and so I think I need to do some type of crop rotation next year and amend the soil much better than I did this year. If you have any thoughts on why the shallots are the size of marbles, please let me know.