Dusk is one of my favorite times to wander around in my garden.
I thought I’d take you along with me and give you a bit of an informal tour to show you what’s currently growing and what you can discover when you look more closely.
It’s easy to miss produce ready to harvest or a plant that is giving you clues it needs help (before it’s too late!). Taking a couple moments to slow down and ‘look’ is key. It’s also a great way to wind down from the day and ground yourself amongst Nature, who rushes for no one.
I missed taking a picture of the plants themselves, I was so happy for my harvest! I'd earlier seen 2 beans ready to be picked so I went to grab them and then sat down and started looking. A bunch more were hiding! They blend in with the leaves. lol.
I was not expecting to see 'red' amongst my tomato plants yet. What a happy surprise! I checked my records but still can't seem to figure out what variety these are. lol. Bigger than a Juliet tomato but smaller than a Roma. All I know is they definitely aren't the Yellow Pear tomatoes I thought I planted here. haha.
Still a small plant but it's cranking out peppers so quickly! Look how many there are only days away from being ready to harvest. Time to start thinking of what to make with them. AND I have 4 more plants just like this one...
I love basil so much that I planted 5 varieties, or so. They are really starting to take off! I am determined to keep up on pruning them this season so they stay healthy and to make sure I don't miss out on any of their yumminess! Pesto, dressings and salad greens are my favorite uses. This variety is the more traditional Sweet Basil and has larger leaves.
This plant has the SMALLEST seeds I've ever seen! And the resulting seedlings are just as tiny and frail. Mine didn't survive the transplanting. THIS plant I bought from Star Nursery and it's exploded. I can't wait to harvest the buds to make my favorite tea of all time. 🙂
These guys are doing so well, it's a joy to see all the blooms and pop of color they bring. I grew them indoors from seeds and look at the growth!
The New Bed
This, the New Bed as I call it, was bare just a few short months ago. This Spring/Summer growing season is the first planting in this bed that I built over the Winter. Do you see all that's growing?! Dill, Green Onions, Sunflowers, Basil, Bell Peppers, Asparagus and some baby seedlings I'm not exactly sure of right now.
I've already harvested 2 fruits from this young heat loving plant. Do you see all of the babies? There are at least 6 of them that I need to keep a watch on, the sooner you harvest the more the plant will produce. Waiting for them to get bigger is not better. More blossoms are already popping up!
This little-er guy could easily be overshadowed by the giant 9 footers he's growing in the shadow of. But I spotted him blooming AND he's facing my yard! 🙂
Can you spot him?
Here's the wide angle view. Do you see the one that's hiding? Look closely!
Oro Blanco Grapefruit
Looks like limes right now but nope, this is the most amazingly delicious Oro Blanco variety of grapefruit. It's a 2 year old tree and last year was it's first season with us - produced a solitary fruit and OMG was it ever good. Now I am happy to see there are a bunch, I hope they do well!
First time growing this plant but it's doing wonderfully well! I'm excited for the tea I'll be able to make with the leaves. It's also a perennial and as I'm really trying to find edible plants that are longer lived than annual, I'm very pleased it likes the space it's growing in.
Fig Tree (I forget the variety)
This new tree has had 1 fig on it for several months now. I took a closer look and saw it is now bursting with figs! Do you see them too?
What a recovery this plant has made! It sat in a tiny pot on the patio for a year, randomly being watered. It had grown to bursting from the seams and all brown. I pulled away all the babies and gave it some space in a 5 gallon pot (that my nectarine tree came in). It not only recovered with good dirt and consistent irrigation, look at all the new babies! If this keeps up I'll be able to start using aloe in my smoothies. Sweet!
Sun set behind them but these 3 different varieties of nectarine trees are filled with fruit getting super close to harvest. I need to keep a close eye on them as the birds will poke holes to check for ripeness and then BAM! when they are ripe, it's game over.
Not a great image sadly, as it was getting dark but you get the idea. Currently than a golf ball but smaller than a pool ball.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of my yard at dusk! If you like this closer look at my garden and would like me to do it again as the season progresses, let me know. 😊