Now on to the garden proper...Positive reports all around.
The sugar snap peas are making their way up the trellises so we should have some pods to show you next time. Then, the little pumpkin patch is also happy. It may be too happy so I may be baking a lot of pumpkin pies this Thanksgiving and Christmas. In my defense, I couldn't find any pie pumpkins in November last year so had to resort to the canned pumpkin which makes a respectable pie but not as good as freshly roasted. However, this may be one of those "be careful what you wish for" situations. What do you think?
Following on the heels of the pumpkin patch are the peppers and the eggplant (peppers on the left and eggplant on the upper right bed in the picture on the left. If you look really closely, you can see some of the pepper plants that I started from seed. The tomatoes are coming along but as you can tell I'm not as excited about them as I was last year but they are doing better. I don't know if there were cutworms but, Joe, I put paper collars around everybody and there hasn't been any additional stem loss but I also put down blood meal as suggested on one of the Internet sites as a way to get rid of squirrels.
Interestingly enough, when it rains and washes away the blood meal, there is some digging until I add more blood meal. So we will be continuing with the blood meal program and see if it keeps working.
Finally, here are the seeds that we put in the ground two weeks ago. The only bad thing is...I can't remember what I planted where! OOPS! With the exception of the radishes that are in a bed by themselves next to the sugar snap peas. I can tell you that there is arugula, bok choy and beets, for sure and there may be one or two other things but...oh well. So here is what is on my "to do" list for the coming week or two. Happily, we're getting lots of rain so that's much better than last year but it puts a damper (so to speak) on the amount of work I get done in the garden. I spent a bit of time last week doing some weeding. It's the Bermuda grass that is a pain but if you stay on top of it...not so bad. I need to thin out the rows to allow the best plants, you know, survival of the fittest, to mature. Then to hopefully help the tomatoes along, I will be doing some feeding with the Miracle Gro sprayer thingy. So if you're following my plan with your garden..
- Thin your plant rows
- Weed between your plants (a little everyday then it's not so bad)
- Feed when you think they could be doing better (be careful with this, though, or you'll burn them up)
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