Well, it’s near the end of June and I’m still struggling to get the rest of the garden planted. While there are a number of reasons, they all sound like excuses so I won’t go there. I am making progress though and for most plants, if not all, it’s probably not too late.
Tomato plants – I planted 16. They have already been reduced by half by a critter(s). That worries me because I have squash plants coming up. The fence is almost done so hopefully that helps. Update: Some of them seem to be recovering from their attack!
What’s slowing me down now is that beautiful green grass (and other lovely volunteers) have come in and I have to hoe each row and then rake it out before I can plant it. It did save me time to weed whack it. I didn’t whack right down to the ground though. I don’t know why. But at least I kept it from going to seed and made it much more manageable to hoe.
I’m getting there.
Welcome to July. While I was working on this post in draft mode, the calendar changed on me. Time waits for no one. So I changed the name from June Update…
Yesterday (July 1) I did a mega-big push and got a lot accomplished. If I do the same today I might have it just about all caught up, might need one more day to be done. Then I have to get crazy with mulch so it doesn’t get taken over by weeds again.
And I definitely have to finish that fence!! It’s almost done though. I hope it works. This is nuts!
So far I have planted:
- Jeruselum Artichokes (eaten down by critters but might come back)
- Tomatoes – 2 kinds of cherry, Homestead, Black Krim
- Swiss Chard
- Marigolds (from my 2013 seed harvest)
- Potatoes – 2 varieties, plus some left over from last year
- Spaghetti Squash
- Butternut Squash
- Acorn Squash
- Straight-neck Summer Squash
- White and Yellow Scallop Squash
- A Pumpkin plant
- Beans – Burpee “Heavy Harvest” or something like that
- Beans – Kentucky Wonder Wax
- Beans – Italian Snap
- Elephant Garlic
- Pepper – Dragon(?) Cayenne (one plant)
Still to plant:
- Basil (seeds and transplants)
- Peppers (Hot) – Hot Lemon, Jalapeno, Serrano,
- Peppers (Sweet) –
- Beans – Kentucky Wonder
- Beans – I love beans –
- Sunflowers several varieties
- Broccoli (Going to start more seedlings for a fall crop)
- Bacon (sorry, lost my train of thought)
- Luffa Sponge Gourd (have some starts and more seeds…probably save the rest of the seeds for next year.
- I’ll have to check if it’s too late (or for fall crops) but I had planned to grow carrots, parsnips and beets.
- Garlic (wait for fall)
- Spinach (for fall crop)
Several/many of my seedlings in the greenhouse died while I was away in VT. It wasn’t that they weren’t taken care of but I think they weren’t taken care of in a timely fashion…like watering early in the morning or early evening. I failed to specify in my instructions, too. Couple that with a heat wave (in the high 90º’sF and magnify that behind glass (even though it’s ventilated) – there were survivors but not all survived.
We had several meals with asparagus, yum, and I learned how to avoid the woody/stringy parts usually. It’s all ferned out now.
I made my annual Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam, which came out too soft, like usual. 🙁 It tastes good though and does thicken quite a bit in the fridge. I used my own rhubarb (still small but good) but bought strawberries like usual.
Well that about wraps up this update. Maybe I’ll update the update when I finally get caught up!