May 2021 Garden Tour

sweet peas

Our garden is really coming on. This is my favorite time of the year when it comes to gardening. It’s so exciting to see the changes that take place with each plant—I swear sometimes they seem to grow by the hour!

In the video I’m sharing today I give you a bird’s eye view of what we’re growing. Every thing is doing pretty good so far, although we only had a little rain in the last two weeks. As I type this I’m hoping to hear rain beating on the roof by morning. If the forecasted rain does fall, I know our garden will really benefit from it.

I hope you enjoyed the garden tour! I left out one bed that has some of Jim Casada’s crowder peas, radishes, and lettuce. I’m very excited about the peas since I’ve never grown them before.

Hope you’ll leave a comment and tell us how your garden is doing and what you’re excited about growing this summer.


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    September 17, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Wow what a nice walkthrough. I love all of the detail you’ve put into your garden, these posts and videos. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. I love gardening, especially for fresh vegetables!!

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    Betty Brantley
    May 30, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    I’m on vacation and still watching your videos! I love to watch you guys!

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      May 30, 2021 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you Betty!!

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    May 29, 2021 at 6:41 am

    Thanks Tipper I would b happy with 5 or 6 seed for next year

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    Alice Somich
    May 28, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you so much, Tipper, for your lovely garden tour! I’m from northeast Ohio. We have always had great home grown tomatoes in Ohio but usually not until late August! When do yours ripen there?

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      May 29, 2021 at 9:28 am

      Alice-I’m glad you enjoyed the tour! We usually have ripe tomatoes by the first of July 🙂 if not a little earlier.

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    Ed Ammons
    May 28, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    I planted a row of okra Wednesday. The pack said 14 to 28 days to germination. The pack said 2 to 3 inches and thin to 8 to 10 inches apart but knowing about the germination rate of okra I planted them an inch or less. After I covered them I firmed the soil on top of them with my hoe. Since it has been so hot and dry I watered the whole garden for about 4 hours. Just before dark tonight I went out to see if the wind had damaged my maters. My attention was drawn beyond the mater to a line of little plants in a nice pretty row. It looks like every one of those okree seed sprouted. And in just 2 days. Okra! 2 Days! I ain’t never seen the beat! At that rate I’ll be eaten fried okree by Tuesday
    Now I’m going to have to go back and pull up the vast majority of them super seeds.

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      May 30, 2021 at 8:10 pm

      Ed-wow that is amazing! I’ve never heard of any okra sprouting that fast 🙂

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    Barbara N Gantt
    May 28, 2021 at 11:14 am

    I use jewelweed for rashes. You can add it to soap, make a tinture, just rub the gel on an itchy spot.

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    Barbara Gantt
    May 28, 2021 at 11:13 am

    move it.

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    May 28, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Tipper, you and your husband are workhorses, that’s a praise comment, like my parents and their parents. Loved your garden tour. You are an inspiration to all who watch your video or read your blog. I think you are going to enjoy the rewards from you labor as all your plants produce.

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      Gaye Blaine
      May 28, 2021 at 7:55 pm

      What, no rhubarb???? It is a wonderful plant that once established produces for years. Jam, pies, mix with strawberries for a cobbler. Yummy for your tummy. You gotta have couple of rhubarbs in your garden. Please?? I’m gardening in my head this in my head from a third floor apartment so you know I really enjoy yours.

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    Jim Casada
    May 28, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Tipper–The plant you have in mind from childhood is, I strongly suspect, commonly known as wood sorrel sour grass (as you said). Its more “proper” name is oxalis. It isn’t the same thing as the sorrel you have growing, but they may be in the same family. I’m not knowledgeable enough to know, but all of them have one thing in common–the sour or slightly lemony taste. It’s refreshing.

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      May 28, 2021 at 3:07 pm

      Loved the tour Tipper. My garden is just starting to grow. It was a late season of planting. My beans are up and some of my squash. It’s very cold here in Northeast Indiana today. It’s supposed to get down to 40 the next few nights. Thankfully with this weather front we have gotten some good rain. I’m eagerly looking forward to fresh vegetables especially tomatoes. Our family like yours love tomatoes. Our favorites which we always grow is Brandywines and Beefsteak. I also have colored greasy beans for planted and hoping to find white greasy bean seed for next year. We always plant the faithful white half runners as well. Praying you and yours have a blessed growing season.

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    Janice McCall
    May 28, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Beautiful tour. Thank you!
    So glad you’ve been introduced to crowder peas … they are the best.

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    May 28, 2021 at 9:51 am

    I so enjoy your YouTube videos, and hope others will jump over there. It is doing really well as I knew it would. I just develped a taste for grilled Asparagus, and will try to start growing this Perennial. Gardening has sure gained in popularity since the scares of the recent shortages.

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    Sharon Cole
    May 28, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Enjoyable tour! I don’t have a garden, but love fresh vegetables. We have a farmer near us – so we purchase tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli & sweet potatoes from him. My husband’s mother always had a beautiful garden & we helped her. She was known in the community as “the farmer.”. I always loved to dig for potatoes!!! I am a city girl – with a country heart!

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    Wanda Robertson
    May 28, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Loved the garden tour. We grow Rattlesnake beans; they produce better than any we have ever grown. Juliet tomatoes are my favorite, but I was not able to find any seed or plants this year. I would love some seed from these if they are successful this year. We have Sungold, Black Cherry, Cherokee Purple, and one mystery tomato growing. Thanks for sharing!

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    Margie G for garden
    May 28, 2021 at 8:45 am

    I really enjoyed the video. You’ve got a lot of variety in your garden. I pray you have great success this year in your bountiful harvest! I put 12 tomato plants in the ground. Ended up with about 10 sweet pepper plants in the dirt. I got cukes coming up fine too. I have containers full of begonias, geraniums, red salvia( in memory of my beloved grandmother always) Mexican heather which I think you’d like and of course my hanging Boston ferns- here’s the fern secret to success- plenty of sun, a spray bottle to mist the fronts and miracle gro too but above all mist the leaves about every day. I’ve kept that secret to myself because mine are like a wild haired hippie!!! God bless all of you BP& A folks this day!! And remember seed and plants don’t take to heavy metal poisoning from weather mod.

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    Catherine Spence
    May 28, 2021 at 8:38 am

    I started my daily walkthroughs of my garden last night. Suckered my tomato plants and removed early blooms. The beans are coming up well, although something has eaten the tops off a few of them. No sign yet of my squash or cucumbers sprouting; I’m beginning to get worried. I do have a fine crop of morning glories trying to sprout everywhere, though! We’re supposed to get rain this weekend, so I hope that will bring the squash and cucumbers out.

    I want to try a Florida weave technique for my tomatoes this year instead of staking each individual one. Has anyone else used this method? Would you share any advice you might have about it?

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    Miss Cindy
    May 28, 2021 at 7:26 am

    The garden tour is beautiful! It’s like a wonderland the way it is spread out into different plots, where ever you can find a place to plant that gets light! I remember the Malabar spinach you grew last year. The vines wht all the way to the top of that arch. It was a world of spinach and you shared it with me. We, you and I both love spinach, ate it all summer, most every day in our salads. It was great and I am looking forward to this year’s crop!

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    May 28, 2021 at 7:06 am

    Anywhere I can get Yonce bean?

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      May 28, 2021 at 6:57 pm

      Watt-I’ve never seen them for sale before, I’m hoping Sow True Seed will find someone to propagate them for seed. I always plan to save a lot of seed but somehow only manage to save enough to plant the next year.

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