I heard the cicada’s start buzzing late last week and it seemed like it was too early for their shenanigans…but here it is the last 10 days of June!! I am so happy (that better not jinx me) with my garden so far this year, everything is growing really well – lots of green and big plants – that I am crossing my fingers for actual production of something edible!
My peppers have started (regular bell, sweet mini bells and jalapeno’s) and I have cucumber vines that are covering up a whole box with teeny cukes every half foot or so.
I am most proud of my Three Sisters planting! I have attempted this for at least 3 years now and every year it fails for one reason or another – mostly because my corn stalks get blown down in a particularly nasty thunderstorm. This year I have supported each of the stalks with a metal holder and I may be reporting live from that box during a storm if I need to protect them from any harm! I planted pea pods and pumpkins about 2 weeks ago and those are coming in nicely.
My two newest boxes that DH built are hosting tomatoes, basil and zucchini plants. As usual I didn’t prune my tomato plants enough so they are growing wild but I am supporting the branches much better this year. I’ve already had about a dozen cherry tomatoes, the other two are a Lemon Boy and a red Better Bush Hybrid. My purple basil seedlings didn’t like the transplant process but have sprouted new plants that are half green half purple! As you may recall, my garden nemesis is the Squash Vine Borer (SVB)…I have been so vigilant watching for the moths, I actually managed to eradicate one late last week! My only ‘problem’ so far is I had about a dozen mini squashes starting but was disappointed to see them all shrivel up and fall off. I think I have narrowed the problem to non-pollination, so each morning this week I’ve been out playing squash fertility doctor at 6am – manually pollinating the females from the males. I would be so excited if that works!
I started a barrel of potatoes but I can’t recall if they are white ones or blue ones (!). I recently learned that these types do NOT like the super hot weather…so planting them in black trash barrels and leaving them in the full sun was not a great idea. I didn’t want to dig them out as the plants are well over the top, but I did move them to a shadier spot. I am also newly educated on growing sweet potatoes – they DO love the hot weather, but planting them and growing is a different process. I have slips rooting in water still so I’m quite behind on planting them, but DH located the tubs for me to plant them in so the slips that are ready will be going in this next weekend.
My asparagus plot is completely out of control (pretty sure the roots are under the fence and over into my neighbors yard 😮 (it’s that square pile behind the glads) and I decided I was going to start over next year. So after eating a few spears I cut all the ferns and have been letting this section die off. I am going to dig it up this fall and replace it I think with a platform-like area for containers of sweet potatoes and maybe a container of asparagus which would be much more manageable. The gladiola’s are growing great! I’m planning to create a circle around them using cement blocks on their sides, filling the holes with flowers and herbs.
And finally, my attempt at growing butternut squash and pumpkins out of hay bales and strawberries in containers on this great stair ladder that DH built me. Neither of which are going so great! It might be the scorching hot weather we’re having but the growth on these is…super…slow. The bales have mushrooms growing out of them so it appears I’m doing something correct?! I’m going to try to keep them going, but next year think I will use this patch for the butterfly wildflower mix that I grew last year – which would help with bringing some pollinators into my garden as well.
Hopefully in a couple weeks I’ll be rolling in the veggies from my own garden, although our CSA box that we have been getting every week from a local farmer has been great so far! It is very plentiful so I admit to having trouble eating everything we get each week…I have frozen some, mostly strawberries and spring peas. This week we received some pattypan squash which I’ve never had!
Happy midsummer to you! aka: a mere 6 weeks away from Halloween decorating 😉