Saturday, July 28, 2018

Summer Garden Highlights

Four raised beds on a cedar log float.
After a cool June, our weather has warmed with the long days of summer and my garden has taken off in leaps and bounds.

Right now it is hard to keep up with all of the produce coming from the raised beds on my floating garden and containers on our cabin deck.

I kicked off summer by inviting 21 members of the Powell River Garden Club to go on a boat ride up to my float cabin to visit my garden. It was my first "garden party." It was such a hit I plan to do it again next June.

Three tours of seven Garden Club members.

This is the first year I planted garlic in the fall. It made a huge difference in the quality and size of the bulbs. Some were hardneck, my first time trying that variety.

Preparing to hang my harvested garlic to cure.

My red currant plant growing in a large container started producing for the first time. The fruit was too tart to eat raw, but it made an excellent jam.


My Dracaena spike plants have grown from tiny grassy shoots to massive plants in about ten years. This year one plant flowered for the third time. The other plant (pictured) flowered for the first time.

Dracaena spike plant flowering.

I almost gave up on zucchini. After three years of blossom end rot, my plants have been producing well. I think the key has been increased bee action for pollination. I tried a yellow zucchini for the first time and love it.

Yellow zucchini growing in a pot next to a green variety.

How is your summer garden growing? What are some of your hits and misses?

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12 comments:

  1. This really just amazes me! So cool that you've learned a whole new way of living and thriving.

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    1. It's been a lot of fun. - Margy

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  2. I’ve never seen anything like this- a floating garden! How fun to have the gardening club join you there. Red Currant jam sounds interesting! Thank you for sharing and joining the Garden Party!

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    1. It was so much fun to share my garden with others. - Margy

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    1. I'm so glad our friend was able to build it for us. - Margy

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  4. I just love your floating garden! I would love a tour....the whole area looks wonderful. The flowers that are not growing well in my garden are just crabby from lack of water! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    1. One thing I have is plenty of water, but I am pretty much stuck at home except for short trips unless I get someone to come and water for me. - Margy

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  5. Wow, a floating garden, I would love to see more. I like the sound of red currant jam!

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    1. The "Gardening" link in the side bar will take you to many more gardening posts. - Margy

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  6. I am absolutely enchanted and fascinated by your raised garden beds. Ingenious!

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    1. Our friend John is a genius to figure out how to make such things. - Margy

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