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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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?