Garden snapshot, May 2013

Hello from Oslo! In case you didn’t know, Matt and I got here yesterday morning. I haven’t taken any pictures yet and we haven’t done anything exciting except run all over town to buy a few things that we needed. So to keep you entertained in the meantime, I present: the first garden snapshot!

I thought it would be interesting to take some photos every month this year to show you what’s blooming/growing and how the garden transforms from spring to fall. On Tuesday I got all the rest of my spring things in the ground (barely!) before we left for our trip. It wasn’t the nicest sunny day to take pictures, but here they are anyway.

20130511-212923.jpgHere’s the whole garden, or as much as I could get in. Those big white barrels contain the potato plants. And if you look closely you can see the trellis I put over the gate for the peas (just follow the stepping stones).

20130511-213004.jpgBroccoli and broccolini transplants

20130511-213019.jpgblooming sage

20130511-213029.jpgMy new patio peach tree! It’s covered in tiny peaches right now; we’ll see if they last.

20130511-213039.jpglots of blueberries

20130511-213103.jpgtrying out peanuts for the first time

20130511-223927.jpglittle Asian pears

20130511-213115.jpgThe giant trellis! This is for the watermelons, cantaloupe, squash, and pumpkins.

20130511-213124.jpgIf all goes well, it should be a tunnel of vines by the end of summer.

Winterizing the garden

Since it’s been almost 70 degrees in December (!) it seemed like the perfect time to finally clean up the garden for the winter. Here’s what it’s been looking like:


Not too pretty! But after I pulled up all those dead plants (and fed them to my compost bin) it started to look much improved. I still have some weeding, etc, to do, but I thought you might be interested to see what’s growing out there right now.

1. Peas climbing up their bamboo tepees
2. Garlic that hasn’t sprouted yet
3. Lots of carrots
4. Strawberry plants turning pretty colors
5. Formerly a nice bed of salad greens, now taken over by giant arugula and tatsoi
6. Broccoli
7. More garlic
8. Oregano somewhere amongst the weeds

There’s also thyme, parsley, rosemary, and sage that you can’t really see in the picture. Yay, all my favorite herbs (except basil) are winter hardy!

Looks like the parsley made it into this shot.