My Spring Garden is doing Great! I alway’s love it when we get a nice long rain. The plants thirst for it and respond by really taking off. I’ve harvested my first strawberry and have started on Integrated Pest Management by planting companion plants of annuals and herbs. My seedlings have sprouted and will hopefully be growing their way to beautiful colors soon and driving nasty bugs away. I’ve planted Geraniums, (My absolute favorite plant that is seen on every porch in Spain!) Zinnias, Nasturtiums, and Marigolds. I’ve also planted Chamomile in between my onions! It’s supposed to enhance their flavor and drive some nasty critters away. I still need to incorporate Basil, Cilantro, Thyme, Anise, and Oregano. I’ll add some of these to my Spring Garden and to my 3 Summer Garden plots at my mom and dad’s. I’m also planning on planting tons of Basil around my chicken coop and back deck as it’s a natural fly and mosquito repellant. I still have a long way to go and am hoping to finally be done with all of my planting this weekend. Below are some pics of my gardens so far.
I planted marigolds around the whole parameter of the plot. (The rain may have drowned some of them out On the top right corner I planted Zinnias. In front of the peas I planted Geraniums and interspersed are Nasturtiums.
Peas. The bunnies are finally leaving them alone. Still need to put some hemp string up so they can climb, oops
Fava Beans – Need to string these up also
Geraniums starting to grow!
Chamomile starting to grow in between my onions
Tomatillo Plants, for fresh green salsa!!
Summer Garden Plots and composter
I also grew my peppers and eggplants from seed indoors. I grew AMAZING Spanish Padron Peppers, Italian Marconi and Buran Red Peppers. My Eggplants are also a variety from Spain. I grow from seeds indoors to grow Spanish varieties that you can’t get in the states and so that they are Heirloom varieties and not genetically modified. I can already smell Pimientos Asados!!