Spent four hours at the garden yesterday, between rain storms in the morning and a splinkling in the evening. Had hoped to get out there again today, but it stormed again this morning and then there was an impressive thunderstorm with plenty of lightning this evening (and thanks to the cooooool weather service on Dave's new phone, we got to see where the lightning strikes had hit, see the storm's path, etc....SO JEALOUS!!!)
Anyhow, let's see what pics I snapped as I was wrapping up:
First is a shot of my two plots, from the near end alllll the way out to the far end where you see the tomato cages. Yes, that teepee is part of my garden (it's got scarlet runner beans planted to climb it, and yesterday I added "unknown viney things" that I lost the tag from - either really viney pumpkins that'll climb it nicely, or squash that'll just sit around the base).
A similar shot, this one focusing on the parsley patch, which also has some catnip, dill and lettuces planted around it. Also need to tuck in some chives, although I may space those around the garden here and there to hopefully help deter pests.
I'm almost embarrassed to show these pics, especially when you have such great gardeners as Farmgirl, Steven and Laurie - all of whom have such nicely organized and more permanent gardens. See, I can blame the lack of permanency and control and solitude for the rocks, weeds, change in disorganization every where... Pull out the weeds - more will come from the plot next to yours that didn't get used, where the weeds got armpit high. Pull out the rocks - they'll just get plowed right back in before next season. Something dries out too much or the weeds get out of control? Hello! It's 30+ minutes for me to get to the garden! See? NONE of it is my fault! ;-) Well, except the experimentation....I take total responsibility for that disaster! Heh heh...
Ok, Blogger doesn't seem to want me to upload anymore pics tonite...not sure what the deal is?!?! So maybe tomorrow I'll get to post close up pics of the pepper patch, the beans that are sprouting already, and the tomatoes/pumpkins/squash section that I fear is going to be total chaos this year!
We had lots of rain this weekend... Even though I would've missed a cookout here at home that Brett was throwing for his friend who was in town from Canada for the weekend, I really hoped to get out to the garden to continue yesterday's work. Yesterday I planted the tomatoes, squashes, pumpkins, bok choy, nasturtiums and more....and had hoped to get back out there today. No such luck - weather didn't cooperate, so I stayed here for the cookout and played chef. I've marked myself as off on vacation tomorrow at work - it's supposed to be a beautiful sunny day!! The plan (ha!) is to get up and hit Home Depot - need some stakes for the tomatoes that aren't going to be in the cages, and also to build the cucumber trellis/wall, which turned out so well last year. Then head to the garden (30+ min), unload, stake/cage tomatoes (I bought some of those chintzy $5 cages from Walmart today), maybe plant some more stuff (beets and turnips for the first time! plus more carrots, maybe more beans? Where will I find the space!?!? Then head on out to Battaglias (20 min) to buy as many bails of straw as I can fit in the back of the CR-V - I think I got 5 last year? Maybe 6? Then head BACK to the garden (another 20 min) and spread that straw all over the place. Who knows what else I'll come up with to do?!?!
Supposed to be cool and damp this week - that should help the tomatoes, peppers and squash get settled in I hope - and not set the lettuce to bolt too soon!
Got permission from Claire to post pics of the girls from Tuesday's garden adventure - that'll be fun to put up sometime real soon!
Good nite - enjoy the start of the work week! :)