It hardly seems possible that it's actually time to start picking produce from our garden; it feels like we just planted everything yesterday.
Here's a picture of one of our raised beds - it must have an ideal balance between sun and shade and rain etc etc, because everything grows well in it. Click on the image to go to flickr to see what everything is.
Here's our arugula, which is totally ready to pick - this is planted where the asparagus used to be, it's exciting to be making better use of that space!
Radishes seem to love the new raised bed, they're growing like gangbusters there. This picture is one of our white icicle radishes, tasty but spicy:
The purple bush beans have some lovely purple flowers (and since this picture was taken, actually have little beans on them):
And the blackberry and raspberry bushes have a million berries on them, which will be awesome if we can get them before the birds do:
I even have a genuine garden mystery. I apparently mis-labeled the seedlings in the seed tray. I planted something that I thought was a jalepeno pepper plant in the raised bed, but I've never seen a jalepeno plant that looked like this:
I have no clue what it is, possibly a flower plant?
Even our daylilies are delivering nicely this year:
The only real downside right now is that we're still in the middle of a drought. The lack of consistent rain combined with the unseasonably high temperatures we've been having the last 2 weeks mean that we need to irrigate more than usual. Tim painstakingly installed a drip watering system when we first built the raised beds, so it's the most efficient and effective method of watering available to us but I still hate having to use it. We're not watering our landscape plants at all but they seem to be doing well so far. I have thought about installing a rain barrel or a grey water system, but I've been told that you should not use water from these options on plants intended for consumption which is the main thing we need. I know we're as efficient as we can be, but I just wish there were other options.