June Vegetable Garden Update – Buttons, Bees and Peas


Is there anything cuter than a bee on bachelor’s buttons? No. There is not. We need to get a better camera lens so you can fully appreciate the bees’ pantaloons filled with pollen, but in the meantime, this is still a sweet little feller to look at.

Purple Majesty
Purple Majesty

These are the bachelor buttons we planted from seed packets back at the beginning of March. Back then, it seemed so anti-climactic to just poke little seeds into the ground. But now they’re blooming! They’ll bloom now until fall if we keep deadheading them. And the bees love them – which is great for the bees and great for cross-pollination. What a pretty little ecosystem.

The peas are also really loving this wet Seattle summer. We have a great asiany noodle salad recipe we’re looking forward to sharing with you, that uses peas and mint, which are both in great abundance right now.

Happy Peas
Happy Peas

Ok, in all the excitement of planting up the potato bins, it looks like I forgot to actually label them, so this is the flower of either Russia Banana or Cherry Red seed potatoes. Either way – pretty!

Potato Blossom's Senior Portrait (Soft Focus)
Potato Blossom’s Senior Portrait (Soft Focus)

The french pumpkin is a compact vine, and right now it is certainly quite compact. It has 100 days to full maturity tho, so we’re rooting for it!

French Pumpkin? Hello?
French Pumpkin? Hello?

The squashes are also considering busting out. The real Seattle summer kicks off after July 4th, so when the sun comes out, these yellow squash and delicata will really take off.

Squashes
Squashes

The carrots are showing some vigorous growth. Also, you can see here the footprints of someone (four-legged and canine) frisking thru the garden bed.

Carrots to Be
Carrots to Be

And finally, the scarlet runner beans are looking mighty promising. They’re each curling around their respective bean poles. They’re supposed to grow 8 to 12 feet, which will be super cool.

Scarlet Runner Beans
Scarlet Runner Beans

Also, check out the Romancing the Bee blog post below, about growing sweet peas from seeds from her grandmother. We love the Romancing the Bee blog, and we think you’ll enjoy it too.

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