After several weeks, my small Las Vegas garden has blossomed into a lush green oasis. There is plenty of progress to update you on so I’ll just let the photos do the talking.
Las Vegas isn’t the ideal place to grow blueberries, but I’m going to give it a try. I planted seven varieties of blueberries in nine mini raised beds. Cross your fingers!
Above are my Bluecrop blueberries. These are commonly grown in the Northern states.
These ones are called Sunshine Blue. They are very compact and bushy.
My Misty blueberry doesn’t seem very happy. The leaf cutter bees are messing with her foliage.
This one is really neat. They call it Pink Lemonade. I doubt they taste like lemons, but their berries are actually pink when ripe!
Brightwell and Premier are rabbiteye varieties. They grow very tall and will produce bigger berries.
Blueberries love acidic soil. A mixture of peat moss, soil and compost should keep them happy.
I planted about 50 pepper plants in four beds and several pots. I also added marigolds on every bed to help keep some pests away.
Remember these from last time? The plants are already growing! In fact, I just harvested some banana peppers the other day.
This was originally my cabbage bed. I pulled out all the cool season crops and planted more peppers. Pictured above are the habaneros, bells and the hottest Bhut Jolokia ghost peppers.
Do you like banana peppers?
Or, are you more of a bell pepper person?
Maybe you don’t like peppers at all?
Focused in front are more pepper plants. The raised bed in the middle of the photo is my okra bed. I don’t really like eating okra but my family enjoys them. It find it too slimy in the mouth.
I originally had strawberries on this bed. Unfortunately, they didn’t do very well. I replaced them with okras instead.
In the very front are my eggplants. You can also see the L-shaped bed I built for the peppers. There are actually two facing each other.
I am currently growing two varieties of eggplants: black beauty and Japanese
Unfortunately, she will eventually turn into an eggplant parmigiana.
I’m also growing some zucchinis. I heard these are monsters.
My wonderful friend, Jason Tucker gave me this tree collard. This rare plant will produce leafy greens all year round. Isn’t that neat!
I also planted some tomatoes. I may have to plant more next year. In the background are my mint beds. I was forced to build them to keep all mints 100% contained.
Have you ever had chocolate mint before? They totally remind me of girl scout cookies! The mint on the right is the spearmint I moved from the herb bed.
On top is the yerba buena mint and at the bottom is the peppermint.
The candy mint and banana mint. I can’t wait to use them for desserts!
Finally, here is my herb bed. I dug out all cool season herbs and added new ones.
I harvested my boxwood basil daily until it became all twigs. This is why I replanted a new one.
This spicy saber serrata basil was ready to die until I chopped half of it off. It’s now looking bright and healthy.
Gosh, this is actually the third time I replaced my Thai Basil. It just kept dying on me! So far, this one is looking good. I pinched all it’s flowers off to encourage more growth.
I added this dark opal basil to my collection.
The sweet basil is definitely doing well. It has given me some good marinara and pesto sauce.
Italian oregano, anyone?
Or, do you prefer Greek?
Maybe you like yours variegated?
I had to move the lemon verbana on the upper herb bed because it was blocking everything.
The curry plant is already blooming flowers.
I also moved my lavender and added another variety.
I also added a pomegranate tree/bush.
I love pomegranates!
See you again next time! Happy gardening!