Vegetable Garden Gone Crazy…

Vegetable Garden Gone Crazy

Well, it’s official….my vegetable garden has gone crazy.  When I left for my trip to the Midwest at the end of April, it was nice and somewhat neat.  My winter lettuce, spinach, green onions and garlic were doing well and my newly planted corn, cucumbers, gourds, tomatoes and sunflowers were coming up nicely.

I came home 10 days later to this sight….

My vegetable garden has gone crazy

My vegetable garden has gone crazy

My sunflowers were reaching over 7 feet tall and my corn, to the right, was not far behind.

My vegetable garden has gone crazy

My garlic leaves were starting to droop and fall over, indicating that I can harvest them soon.

My spinach and lettuce both began to ‘bolt’ and start to form flowers, so it was time for them to leave the garden.

My vegetable garden has gone crazy

My gourd has started to escape the garden, which is fine with me because it can’t crowd my other plants.

My vegetable garden has gone crazy

I think gourd plants have interesting flowers, don’t you?  They open at night and moths are frequent pollinators.

I am hoping for some gourds this year that I can turn into bird houses.

rising sun

I just love how sunflowers face the rising sun.

I plan on harvesting a few seed heads for the family and the rest we will feed to the birds.

Alyssum and Oxalis

My Alyssum and Oxalis that I planted as companion plants in my vegetable garden are still blooming.  Soon the Alyssum will dry up with the heat of our desert summer and I will pull it out.

Vegetable Garden Gone Crazy...

My tomatoes are enjoying being planted next to my Bachelor’s Button.  I just love their vibrant blue color.  They are going to seed and I am collecting it so that I can replant them next fall.

Vegetable Garden Gone Crazy...

The first set of corn that I planted have corn cobs growing.  I can almost taste my roasted corn on the cob in a few weeks 🙂

I have to spend some time the next couple of days harvesting my garlic and green onions as well as pulling out my spent spinach and lettuce.

Now, I am off to my local big box store for shade cloth for my tomatoes, which will survive the summer heat if they have some shade.  Temperatures are forecast into the 80’s this week, but it is never to early to get ready for the triple digits.


I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
11 replies
  1. Becca's Dirt
    Becca's Dirt says:

    Summer will be here in a flash. We have set record highs and record lows in a matter of a few days. A lot happened in the garden while you were away. Love the batchelor buttons.

  2. Spencer K
    Spencer K says:

    Just found your blog while I was trying to identify the Bottle tree here in Tucson. I'm sure I'll be back often, thanks for your work!

  3. Lona
    Lona says:

    When I see early gardens like your with corn getting ears already I think,"Man I need to move to a warmer climate". LOL! And pretty sunflowers already. My garden has been so wet this spring I cannot even get it tilled up. Hope you enjoyed your midwest tour.

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Noelle, you are a master (mistress?)gardener!
    Is everything on a dripper?
    How often do you water?

  5. says:

    Hello Anonymous,

    Thank you so much for the compliment. I do use drip for my vegetable garden and I water it every other day. I do keep an eye on the weather, so if it rains I water less and if it is windy or hot, I can water more 🙂


  6. Orchid food
    Orchid food says:

    Repotting orchids is not hard if you know what you have to do. The tricky part is that it’s a little different from other plant types. Also there are thousands of orchid species with their own specific needs, most obvious is regarding the frequency of repotting and type of potting mix needed by each.

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