Vegetable Garden Update June 2011

The cold spring is behind us, the bite is finally gone from the air, and my garden is growing at breakneck speed; it must be June!

Most of my vegetables and fruit are lush and healthy, like my peas,

Sugar Snap Pole Peas

Potatoes, and

Satina and Red Pontiac Potatoes


Sweet corn

But the Kohlrabi is pathetic – germination was almost non-existent.  I’ve waited a month and have 3 spindly seedlings, so I seeded the rest of the packet in there – now they’ll probably all grow!  I’ll let you know…


My strawberries bloomed furiously

Totem Strawberries

And are now setting a bumper crop

It's just about time to put the dog fence up if I want to get any strawberries - they don't share very well!

The raspberries look better than last year, though I suspect poor drainage is still an issue.

Autumn Bliss Raspberries

And my thornless loganberries are abuzz with bees

Thornless Loganberries

There are roughly 100 peaches on my young peach tree – if even half of them develop I’ll be thrilled.

Early Redhaven Peaches

In the greenhouse I have peppers and tomatoes setting up

Portugal Hot Pepper

Big Beef Tomatoes

Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper

San Marzano Tomato

And my egg factories are growing sleek and sassy, I wonder when they’ll start to lay?

from l-r - Petal, Violet, Willow and Rosemary


About hortophile

I am a very opinionated, slightly obsessed gardener with decades of experience in the retail nursery industry. A lucky resident of the "Wet Coast" of British Columbia I tread a muddy path between practicality and beauty, with my veggie patch, herb garden and fruits vying for position with the beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers that I can't resist. DON'T ask me to choose between them! I believe in environmental responsibility and common sense.
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18 Responses to Vegetable Garden Update June 2011

  1. Looks awesome my friend!!!!

  2. Mun says:

    Blessed art thou, o ye of the verdant thumb 🙂

  3. barb19 says:

    Your vegetable garden looks awesomely healthy with potentially great produce ahead! I’m envious cuz I haven’t started mine yet because of being ill. However, I live in a hot country, so I could start anytime. You have inspired me!
    Are your strawberries growing in pots or straight in the ground?
    Love the pic of the girls!

  4. My attempts are pathetic in comparison. I went out to water my veg last night and there was a swarm of green jumping insects…I could have cried. They were having a right feast. If it aint the mold or the rust spots, I despair.
    There was also a wormy thing burrowing into my tomatoes.
    I am JEALOUS ok!!! LOL 🙂
    PiP 😦

  5. ohanabee says:

    beautiful!! I love your veggie garden 🙂

  6. Bonny@regrowingourroots says:

    Your garden is sure looking good. A trick with kohlrabi is to grow it under a row cover. I’m not sure if you have them there, but flea beetles will eat mine as soon as it sprouts, which sucks if you really wanted the veggies… they will also decimate radishes and rutabaga!

    • hortophile says:

      I’m pretty sure they just didn’t germinate – rather than being eaten. I don’t seem to have much trouble with flea beetles in this garden (so far), but I may need to cover them later to keep the cabbage moth from laying their eggs on them.

  7. jennajadee says:

    Everything looks so wonderful. One day I should try Strawberries. This year is the first time in my life I had plants live, lol!! WTG with everything. 🙂

    • hortophile says:

      Once you try strawberries from your garden you won’t want to eat those bland supermarket berries anymore….they’re so much better when fully ripe and warm from the sun!

  8. Exciting! I can’t wait to see everything as they mature. Are the tomatoes and peppers still inside? I thought you were going to transplant them to the outside? I wish I had strawberries — the taste of freshly grown strawberries must be divine compared to that awful fruit we get in a grocery store.

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