These artichoke plants are ready for dividing. When they stop flowering I will split them up and hope they survive another winter.
There are a few tiny pea pods growing and a few flowers showing. The vines have grown up about four feet tall to the top of the trellis. The cucumber plants are growing at the base of the pea vines. So far I've only seen one female flower out of all the cucumber plants.
These are growing in the new garden bed that was started lasagna style. In all the photos you can see mulch added to the top of the soil. It's been very dry here and mulch has made a huge difference in trapping in the moisture. By adding mulch your adding a permaculture element to save water and to save time watering.
There are sunchokes, a perennial vegetable, in the background. The tallest ones are about four foot tall and look very sturdy. These plants are making a great privacy screen.
The beets are really growing well. There are enough leaves that I can pick one here and there and cook them for dinner. Some carrot tops are showing at the bottom of the photo. I found that less than half the seeds I planted germinated. I reseeded but hardly any grew.
You can see the different materials used to build this lasagna garden bed. Some topsoil that I purchased, grass clippings to help trap the moisture, wood chips and leaves.
A sweet potato plant. I hope the leaves will be cold resistant because I starting growing the slips too late.
A watermelon plant. The kids chose to plant this. I'm not sure if this is a great choice for Ontario but the weather has been hot for many weeks now.