Weekend Coffee Share – Garden Galore

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Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! There is regular hot coffee in the French press (very strong,) ice tea and ice coffee. What would you like?

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We are expecting another very warm day hitting 90F. Every day this week have been this warm. It is dryer than usual, but nothing like the desert where I used to live of course. The nights offer some amazingly cool air, and I open up the house to air out at night, closing everything again early in the morning, for the house to stay decently cool. We do not have air-condition. Starting tomorrow the prognosis promise rain for a few days. The ground needs rain, even though it is still very green and lush. Next week the temperatures are going to be in the 80’s, maybe low 80’s even. Which I think is perfect. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had a wonderful, wonderful staycation week this week as well. I’m indulging in gardening, books, photography, and blogging. It is rejuvenating, and I feel good. The best thing of all is knowing that I have five more glorious weeks left 🙂 How are you my friend? 

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These are some photos from around my garden this morning. Naturally I do not take any credit for the beautiful flowers, since they were planted long before I moved in.

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Our first whole week without minus degrees at night was only five weeks ago, so the container part is a rather new addition. All the vegetables are grown from seed.

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This is some of the pots with vegetables I have growing around my porch; beans, peas, bell pepper, bush tomatoes, and zucchini.

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The zucchini is getting bigger by the day.

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I planted this zucchini about a month ago. No flowers, or fruit yet but it is looking very healthy, and sure is growing. I had the pot standing on the ground, but decided that it would be nicer to get it spread out here up on the bench, with less bugs crawling all over it. I have three zucchini plants in similar sizes, one next to this one on the bench (morning-day sun about 10 hours of direct sun,) and one in another spot in the garden (day-afternoon sun about 8-9 hours of partly shaded sun,) trying to figure out the best location for each plant, since this is the first year growing here. The green that you see at the soil surface in the pot is basil. Basil is an excellent companion to zucchini. It loves the shade under the leaves. The white that you see next to the basil is crushed eggshells. The eggshells is a slow release fertiliser, a steady source of calcium that prevents blossom end rot, helps aerate the soil, and keep slugs away.  I mix eggshells into the soil while planting, and add some on the top every once in a while during the growing season. If you are free planting your veggies and have problems with slugs it pays off to spread eggshells generously all around. (I mentioned this about zucchinis in a previous post earlier this week, but the photos are new from this morning.)

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On the ground next to the zucchini we have smultron, a variety of wild strawberry.

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They are tiny, and widely spread throughout the country. This is the very first one of the season. Have you ever had a smultron? Or is there another English name for this berry?

I love figs and made sure to surround myself with fig trees in all the different locations I’ve lived at, in California and Nevada. With some effort you can actually grow them here as well. I don’t know how familiar you are with Sweden’s geography, but we have two big islands on the East coast. I ordered fig sticklings from a lady that have a big fig tree on the biggest Island, Gotland. I purchased two, and she was kind enough to send me five. That was so nice! I planted the sticklings in a pot I had with some culinary sage growing already, they are great companions.

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I watered them generously, and covered them with a plastic bag with some holes in, to make a mini greenhouse. For a couple days they stood like this in my kitchen window.

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Yesterday I took the plastic bag away, and watered some more. The sticklings did not have any roots at all when got them. I decided that they did not need the plastic bag anymore.

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Late last night I found them a shady spot on my porch. They will not get scorch by the sun, but will enjoy some nice warm weather, similar to their native country. When they have some roots, should grow quickly in this weather, I will plant them in separate pots, and move them to a sunny spot.

I also purchased two small fig trees from an online gardening center that I like a lot. Everything I bought from this store have been of excellent quality. These trees turned out to be much bigger than I expected, so I repotted them immediately. They look very healthy, just a little dry from being shipped.

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I ordered ‘Desert King’, the left fig tree is definitely a ‘Desert King’ but I believe the right one is a different type.

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Typical ‘Desert King’ leaf, in the left pot (above.)

Below is two photos from the right pot. Is this really the same plant?

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I’ve been thinking about what it could be, and came to the solution that it’s likely a ‘Celeste’, a very sweet, cold hardy type of fig. Or do you have any other ideas of what it could be? I’d love to hear, since I am far from sure about what it is. I’m just guessing. I had a couple young Celeste’s in California. Looking forward to see them growing. I’m going to have them in pots until I get my own place (renting now) and a greenhouse, then I will plant them in the ground, inside the greenhouse. Figs do great in pots, and will grow strong until it’s the right time to plant them. In fact when you restrict the roots, like in a container, it actually encourage the tree to direct the energy to growing fruits. Since I live in a cold climate, with freezing winters I will need to protect my trees from the worst cold as well, that is easy when you grow in a pot.

Would you like a refill on that coffee? Or tea? What is growing in your area right now? Tell me in a comment 🙂 Have a fabulous weekend!

Love,

Maria

36 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share – Garden Galore

  1. I enjoy having coffee with you every week! Thanks for the updates. I always love the pictures you include as well.
    It has been so hot here too. I know it is summer but it seems too hot, too fast.

    Have a wonderful rest of the weekend

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    • Thank you so much Tammy! It never got this hot during the summer’s when I was a kid. It could go several years in between us even wearing shorts in the summer, because it didn’t get warm enough. Keep up with the water fun and ice cream! 🙂 Thank you for your kind comment. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Hi Maria! And wow, you are amazing with growing things!! I’ve never seen the little strawberries before but they too look yummy. And go ahead, take credit for those beautiful flowers in your yard! How wonderful that you have five more weeks of staycation too. Be safe and well, you two! By the way, our high temp today is supposed to be 106. Stay cool!

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    • Awe John, thank you so much for your kindness. Smultron is a treat. We used to pretend that they were beads when we were kids, making edible necklaces with smultron and long grass 🙂
      I’m doing my best staying cool, the cool nights are a blessing. Be safe my friend.

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  3. I am enjoying a cup of coffee this morning with my oatmeal. You have such a green thumb but you’ve had years of practice and expertise! Thank you for sharing all your tips, and your photos are WONDERFUL!! I’ve never thought of having a fig tree. I Love figs and I didn’t know they did well in a container. Can they stay in one and fruit if the container is big enough? Just curious as I would want to take the fig tree with me if I get one and put in a container. I have to say I’m such a novice at gardening. I need to read more and educate myself on being a better gardener. I’m so happy it cools off at night for you as that is a welcome relief! Happy staycation days!! Love, Diana ❤️

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  4. You certainly are keeping quite busy! Nice to see everything is growing well with your long days. I love summer!
    Our first heatwave ended a couple days ago and today we are finally getting some rain, everything is so parched. It will take more than a few showers to rehydrate, but I’m happy with whatever falls.
    It was beginning to feel like California with the endless dry, sunny days, low humidity and no rain!
    Have a good week ahead!

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  5. You have a bounty! It is good to see you have found a terrific way to channel your green thumb. Have a great week.

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  6. It was so enjoyable sharing a coffee (or tea for me), this morning and seeing your efforts in the garden. I love this tip: “If you are free planting your veggies and have problems with slugs it pays off to spread eggshells generously all around.” I used to put eggshells in my compost and my husband used to lament that they did not break down in the compost, and now we have a reason to keep them as they are and not remove them. Maybe that is the reason why I haven’t had a huge slug problem in the garden.

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  7. Your garden and your pots look terrific. We have had warmer weather too so every thing is bursting upwards. Our asparagus is now finished and we have had several weeks of a good crop. We now let it grow up and go to seed. I also have a small rhubarb patch and that is doing well. We’ve had two picks from that.Flower: the astilbe is blooming, petunias are doing well, something is eating my marigolds😠 and the iris were stunning this year and are now over. Have a good weekend and week ahead.

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    • Thank you Anne! It sounds like your garden is doing very well. I love crops like asparagus and rhubarbs that just keeps on giving year after year. Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

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  8. Love the coffee time you share always have. Your potted garden looks amazing, my Mum loves figs I have bought her a couple of plants over the years no success. Mum now has one in a pot that is growing better we were thinking to leave it potted, I totally forgot about egg shell in the garden thankyou for reminding me. There is so much to remember isn’t there, I’m constantly looking things up to remind myself. Are you allowed to pick some flowers they are so pretty. We had wild strawberries growing just outside our property till council sprayed, I loved to munch on a few working in the heat on the land they helped keep me going. Its so nice to see you doing things you love & having a relaxing staycay. Look forward to catching up next week. ( ;

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    • I always enjoy having coffee with you 🙂 I imagine that if we met in real life we would not lack topics to talk about for hours 🙂 Stay safe my friend and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  9. Good morning Maria.
    You know, Antoinette also recommended that I harvest a few of our spaghetti squash flowers. I’d never heard of anyone doing it but now two ladies I admire have mentioned it and I’m thinking I need to lay down a plan to try it. My wife had heard of it before but I had not.
    I may also borrow your idea about egg shells. This makes sense and yet had never occurred to me either. Your garden looks wonderful.

    Hey – I have a question. Are Vikings not strictly Danish or is there a story about how my Swedish friend has chosen a viking moniker?
    Blessings!

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  10. Thank you, Maria, for your coffee share. I’m glad you had a great week enjoying activities that you like to do. Your garden and potted plants look healthy. Soon you’ll be able to harvest the fruits of your labour. We’ve had warm temperatures here, too. This week is supposed to be all sunny. Have a wonderful week!

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  11. Love your planting updates, very inspirational. I’ve got kale growing this year, unfortunately the caterpillar’s have had a field day! So egg shell tips for slugs definitely worth knowing about.

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  12. Hi Maria,
    I saw a headline this morning about Sweden hitting record temperatures for June, so guess that forecast for you was true. Plenty of rain here for the last few days and the days to come. Hope you and your daughter are well.

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  13. I tasted fig once (dried) and liked the taste. It’s good you have this beautiful habit of gardening, plus you blog, read and even take photographs. A real creative mind. I too live in a rented apartment and don’t have any space (not even a balcony) where I could plant and nurture something of my choice. In our previous apartment, I had that liberty and planted aloe vera and few flower seeds. It gives immense pleasure to watch them grow and bear fruits /flowers 😊😊

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