How goes our garden? Well, it’s been going slow. While Lee and I were recovering from the flu last month, we slowly got the last of our squash starts and what-not planted.
The things we planted late were mostly squash and melons. Though, due to the Aggie episode, I have no idea what a lot of the plants are. Since we were working on limited “after the flu energy” we just dug holes instead of manually tilling the whole bed, put fertilizer in the holes, and then planted the starts.
Our three potato rows still look really nice. You can see a size difference when you are out in the garden as all the rows were planted at different times. Lee planted some of his Painted Mountain corn in the middle row. We didn’t plant any popcorn or sweet corn as we were to late in the season to do that. The Painted Mountain corn doesn’t need as many days to mature so we took a gamble on it. After Lee planted it the weather decided to get cold and cloudy before it turned blazing hot. It’s been about two weeks now and nada. We aren’t sure what happened. My mom planted corn this year also and she had really spotty germination. Guess it’s not a corn year here for us.
On a potato note, we are seeing some blight in the non-certified seed potatoes we bought. We didn’t have this problem last year. Thankfully, only the red potatoes seem to be affected so far, as the Cal White’s in the rest of the row look great.
Only one type of carrot I planted germinated. So far they are growing okay, at least I think they are. Lee has been trying to trap voles and gophers in the garden again. Hopefully he can get them as I don’t want my root crops getting wiped out.
I swear I planted this lettuce two and a half months ago. I thought cool season plants would have liked all the rain we’ve had since then. Last year when I was planting lettuce we had it taking off like weeds–now a whole herd of turtles would have won a race about 20 times since I planted this year’s little patch.
My beets are still growing, YEAH! Hopefully I get a nice harvest as I am dying to can lots of beets using my most amazing beet recipe that I tried last year.
My broccoli looks really great. These were planted as starts about two months ago too, and also got attacked by slugs. I’m always impressed with how well broccoli explodes into growth. It makes me feel like I’m such an amazing gardener even though I had nothing to do with it. I did notice a worm munching on it today so I need to break out my BT tomorrow.
We bought three cucumber starts as we were way behind due to the weather and then us getting sick. I find it humorous we only have three after my huge row I had planted last year. Ah, well, they seem to be growing fine.
Lee’s hops are winding themselves themselves up their posts. Since the first year of growth is not nearly as substantial as the second years, we are just using my pole bean poles. I didn’t get any beans planted this summer anyways, so I didn’t need to use them.
I’m probably going to harvest my garlic in the next day or so. It will be exciting trying the new varieties and seeing which ones we like the best and replant next year. I did pull my three remaining elephant garlic that survived the destruction of the fat pocket gopher. They didn’t get as big as I had hoped they would. On the other hand, each row was tunneled under so the remaining ones probably had some serious root damage going on.