Today we’re revisiting my July backyard positioned in Northern Massachusetts (zone 6a.)
My crops are grown in raised beds and planters. This is my fourth 12 months rising in these untreated cedar beds. This rising season, my backyard was crammed with greens, herbs and companion flowers. Most of what I develop is began from seed. I made a decision to broaden a bit by including extra pots, vertical planters and hanging baskets this season. The backyard perimeter is 24 ft. x 24 ft. that includes a tall fence to maintain out any giant critters. Come and see what I grew!
Tomatoes are a should in my backyard. This 12 months was additional difficult with climate associated points. I skilled totally different ailments and a few loss, however made it to the opposite aspect. Tasmanian Chocolate (a heirloom, determinate container selection) grew properly regardless of all of my points. I actually loved the flavour of those!
My Micro Tom cherry tomatoes had been completely cute. They did rather well within the hanging baskets and had been ripe for the choosing all of July. I would begin them a month earlier subsequent 12 months so they’ll ripen in June as an alternative of July.
We had a late frost this 12 months that appeared to decelerate the expansion of all of my tomatoes and peppers and even harm some vegetation. I’m preserving extra frost fabric available if this happens once more.
I all the time stay up for rising Rapunzel tomatoes. This is an indeterminate cherry tomato that grows in lengthy clusters. I are inclined to eat these proper off the vine (little or no make it into the home!)
This is my first 12 months rising Sunset runner beans. I normally develop Scarlet runner beans, and I completely love these! The solely distinction is the colour of the flowers. They style equivalent for my part. The peach blossoms on these had been a pleasant change from the purple I’m used to, they usually produced like loopy.
Tongues of Fire, also referred to as Borlotto bush beans on July 1st. You can eat these beans as each a inexperienced bean or a cooked bean!
Tongues of Fire bush beans three weeks in a while July twenty fifth.
The vines did wonderful rising up this vertical help, and I used to be shocked to nonetheless be choosing all the way in which till late July!
Bouquet Dill (Anethum graveolens) made a pleasant dwelling for various helpful bugs like ladybugs and hoverflies.
Most gardeners have a tendency to seek out sunflowers simple to develop. With all of the chipmunks in my yard that like to eat seeds/younger seedlings, that is positively not the case. I fell in love with the SunBelievable Brown Eyed Girl helianthus (Helianthus x annuus). I purchase them as younger vegetation as an alternative of attempting (and failing) with seeds. They add a lot cheer!
These flowers can attain as much as 32 inches tall and as much as 40 inches huge.
I’ve all the time been actually drawn to the look of globe thistle. I lastly took the plunge and now have some Blue Glow (Echinops bannaticus, Zones 3-8) rising proper exterior the vegetable backyard fence. The spherical flower heads actually do appeal to an abundance of pollinators!
Thank you for having a look again at my July backyard with me. If you need to see extra of my backyard and what I’m presently rising, try my Instagram. Happy rising everybody!