Early June in My Front Yard Garden: Video Tour

front yard vegetable garden

The awesome thing about having a front yard garden is that I get to interact with my neighbors on a daily basis. On many summer mornings I rise early and head out to my garden. I snap photos as the sun starts to hit the plants and veggies, pull a few weeds, and harvest anything I want to eat that day. I often get involved in a chore that’s on my list because I just can’t help myself – I love gardening so much!

All around me my neighbors are waking up, walking their dogs, taking a jog, or biking to work. I get lots of waves, honks, and greetings of “Good morning, Megan! The garden looks great.”

Sometimes I stop to chat or answer questions, at other times I just smile and wave. My garden (and this gardener!) are definitely on display, and I have to admit, it makes gardening more fun. Instead of toiling away in my back yard by myself, I feel like I’m surrounded by my community.

What Happens When a Plant Bolts?

White cilantro flowers mixing with colorful annuals in the summer garden.

In most gardening climates there’s a transition period when the cool temperatures of spring start to give way to the warmer days of summer. For those of us who love summer, it’s a time to rejoice – our favorite season of the year has finally arrived. We revel in the heat and sun! But, for those of us who prefer cooler temperatures, we might start to get a little cranky with the arrival of hotter days.

Did you know the vegetables in our gardens have weather preferences just like us gardeners? Some vegetables grow best in the mild temperatures of the early season – lettuces, cilantro, radishes, and spinach. And others seem to sit and sulk in the garden until the thermometer starts creeping over 80 degrees F – eggplant, peppers, basil, summer squash.

You may notice that when your particular garden hits this change from spring to summer some of your cool weather vegetables start to bolt.

How to Choose Which Tomatoes to Grow

Whether you grow your own tomato plants at home or shop for seedlings at your local farmers’ markets, you’ve probably felt overwhelmed when trying to decide which tomato varieties to grow in your garden. Don’t feel bad about that! There are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes in cultivation and reading the plant descriptions doesn’t help much – they all sound like the best variety ever!

Each of us gardeners have our own top five list of favorite tomato varieties. You can ask ten gardeners for their picks and not hear the same tomato twice. So, in an effort to help you make the best decision for you, I’m going to have you take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Instead of trying to make your decisions on the fly when you’re standing in front of a table of plants in the hot sun, here are some things to think about before you buy.

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