🙂 🙂 Holy cow! The garden is going absolutely nuts! 🙂 🙂
The corn must be over 8 feet high and is already starting to get little cornlets! Unfortunately, I guess I wasn’t thinking when I planted them all in neat little rows at the same time! I should have staggered the planting so that we could have an extended season of fresh corn on the cob. I think at this point I will have to freeze a lot of corn! Lesson Number One: Don’t plant all the corn for the year in one day!
The squash, despite possibly having the squash mosaic virus, has been giving hubby and I an overabundance (hello neighbors) of zucchini and yellow summer squash. Wait – it isn’t even summer yet! Holy Cannoli! Lesson Number Two: Plant the squash further apart and plant only two of each kind!
Caden’s Sunflowers are getting ready to bloom! I can’t believe how tall all of the sunflowers have become! Isn’t it a miracle how it seems we can get something out of nothing. I mean, it’s just dirt, water and sunshine and look what happens! The only problem is that the squash plants are so big that I can’t get to the sunflowers (please refer to lesson number 2). However, it doesn’t look like they need me right now.
The peppers are coming along slowly but surely. Each plant has at least a couple of blooms but I don’t see any peppers forming yet. I’m sure that will come in time, but it’s hard to wait for my BBQ pepper poppers (see the bottom of this post for the recipe) Lesson Number Three: learn how to germinate pepper seedlings and get an earlier start!
Also, the zinnia are starting to flower. You can just see a little bit of color peeking out of the center of the bud. I intended to use these as cut flowers for inside, but I planted them just at the edge of the garden where they will be pretty. I think I should have planted a whole bunch more flowers to make the whole garden prettier. From what I have read, they also attract the bad pests away from the vegetable plants (think aphids) and yet bring in the good ones (honey bees). I also read that Marigolds impart a kind of bug resistance to some vegetables. Lesson Number Four: plant more flowers in and around the vegetable garden next year.
The green pole beans and the black turtle beans are also going crazy! I can’t believe I already have some little black turtle beans on the vine. The beautiful purplish hued flowers of the black turtle beans are plentiful, which tells me that I should have quite a lot of beans to harvest. Lesson Number Five: beans are very easy to grow! Grow more next year.
The purple fingerling potatoes are growing like gangbusters! If you remember back, I planted two halves of a small purple fingerling into a 20 gallon (I think that’s how big it is) bag as an experiment. I don’t know how many potatoes I will get just yet – if any – but at least the plant is doing well. I have soil almost to the top and the plant has pushed the sides down and has almost engulfed the entire bag! Lesson Number Six: get bigger potato growing bags!
Even the water plants in the pond are blooming! Does anyone know what kind of water plant this is? I don’t, but they seem to grow more beautiful every year even though the pond is severely neglected. Lesson Number Seven: beautiful things happen despite our shortcomings in the garden!
We are truly blessed!
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