Recently, I reported on our Winter Garden. Over the past 2 weeks, we’ve planted our summer garden. We now have five 4′ by 8′ raised beds, each about one foot deep. We have aviary wire lining the base to keep out gofers. We have fencing in place to keep out deer.
We’ve planted 17 heirloom tomatoes of various types, 9 chilli, 4 bell peppers, 2 Japanese eggplant, 1 Lemon cucumber plant, and 1 zucchini squash heirloom variety. We still have chard, carrots, onions and lettuce left over from the Winter Garden.
In terms of fruit, we have both berries and tree fruit growing. Last year, I planted 2 blackberry bushes, one black current plant and one blueberry plant. This year, I’ve added two raspberry bushes and several strawberry plants. All are thriving. Our fruit trees include cherry, peach, apple, lemon and lime. The apple, recently planted, still has yet to bloom. However, the others are all in bloom.
We also are growing herbs. We have three types of sage, three types of oregano, two types of rosemary, garlic chives, parsley, tarragon and three different types of mint – which all wintered over. I recently planted four different types of basil (Lemon, Lime, Thai and Sweet), Lemon Grass and Cilantro.
Garden maintenance is pretty much hands-off except for harvest. We spent several hours this weekend hooking up our irrigation. We use the dripper and spray system from Raindrip. The irrigation system is connected to a daily timer so that all watering is automatic. Once a week, we’ll visit the garden to check how the plants are doing. The next big time commitment is hopefully freezing and canning the fruit and vegetables we can’t eat.