Archives for June 16, 2012

Saturday Garden Journal

June 15 in the garden
We spent Friday evening in the garden until dark, accomplishing quite a bit in one evening.  A few productive hours in the garden may have been all I needed to get my motivation back.

June 15 in the garden
One of you asked how we garden with the little ones.  Typically they are in the garden with us.  Beatrix at three years old is actually a pretty good helper.  She likes to plant with me and I teach her how as we go.  It is slower work that way, but well worth it.  I teach her how to plant, she teaches me how to slow down in the moment.  That’s a pretty good trade off.  Silas has to be watched all the time, but there are a lot of us so that usually isn’t too hard.  He rides on wheelbarrow loads of mulch, is pulled around in a wagon by the big boys, or does a little digging.  I have to watch to make sure he doesn’t end up in a bed with small seedlings.  Larkspur loves the garden and even likes to pull weeds.  She doesn’t have the longest attention span yet, but she helps in little spurts and then wanders around admiring things.

June 15 in the garden
I am not yet discouraged by insect pests because the boys are doing a really good job picking them off.  They are making good money, much to Jonny’s dismay.  I offered to pay five cents per insect, but then decided that squash bugs are worth 10 cents each because I hate them so.  Now that we owe Seth almost twenty bucks, I am thinking that I did offer to pay them a little too much.  But, If I can grow a squash of any sort this year I think it will be worth the money.

June 15 in the garden

June 15 in the garden

June 15 in the garden
These are pickling cucumbers, looking good so far.  The Marketmore cucumbers were completely consumed by groundhogs, but I am going to replant.  There’s time.

June 15 in the garden
I pulled several of the Amish paste tomato plants after the groundhogs came through, but left most of them.  Hopefully they will rebound and end up doing allright.

June 15 in the garden
Tomatillo (purchased three plants at a local farm)

June 15 in the garden
Borage:  I see lots of bees visiting, but not honeybees.

June 15 in the garden
Slug damage on red norland potato plants.  They grow lower to the ground than the other varieties we are growing so I guess are more susceptible to slugs?

June 15 in the garden
There is clover blooming everywhere.  I am grateful that we’ve been planting it for many years now because the honeybees love it of course.

June 15 in the garden
Our neighbor’s zucchini plants are huge.  Mine are babies.  I got mine transplanted into the garden on June 3rd.

June 15 in the garden
The bachelor buttons are all flopped over and messy but I don’t dare pull them out.  They are my favorite.

June 15 in the garden
I’ve planted one of our big central square beds with sweet potato slips that I started in this wheelbarrow using sweet potatoes from a local farm. Two other beds were planted with slips I bought at the farm store. It will be fun to compare.

June 15 in the garden
These are our Wal-Mart grapes.   I bought one of those plants in a box many years ago.  There are so many grapes this year, but they will most likely all turn brown one by one and drop off because I don’t do anything to take care of them or prevent disease.

June 15 in the garden
There are lots of blackberries in our very untidy blackberry patch.  We’ve still got a couple of weeks to wait though.  Most of them are green.

June 15 in the garden
I asked Jonny to clear an area behind his shop and cover it with black plastic for me.  I wanted a new area to grow sprawling plants.  I have no idea how this will go because we’ve done nothing to the soil here.  It has just been host to weeds as long as we’ve lived here.  In this “bed” I planted:  Athena melons, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, maybe a pie pumpkin or two (I had some help with my labels…) and Georgia rattlesnake watermelons.  All were transplanted into the bed on June 3.  So far the squash bugs haven’t discovered them.  (Shhhh!)

June 15 in the garden
June 15 garden photo before we spent hours working…so it looks a bit different now.

Peanuts didn’t work out.  I don’t think it has been hot enough.  We may be too far north in general.  There are a couple of plants and I guess that is better than none.  This weekend I hope to get all my beans planted and do a lot of mulching.  we were given a bunch of tomato plants including quite a few “selkes.”  I have tomatoes planted all over our yard now including two of the selkes in the compost pile.  Fun!

How is your garden growing?