Sunday, May 23, 2010
The May Garden
The garden has officially overtaken our front yard. This is not a bad thing, just that we are currently coming to grips with this as the mowing and weed whacking chores are done. Less mowing, more whacking.
Husband is now insisting we buy a "real weed-whacker" since the job has taken on a life of it's own. I agree, we need to kick it up a notch. The stakes went into tomato alley this week, just in time too (well, really quite a bit too late since I was chopping roots to get them in)- many of the varieties are flowering. Sungold, Polbig, Juliet, and Cherokee Chocolate were the first to flower. All but a remaining few have joined in.
The peas are also finally profusely blooming, though we were eating peas by this time last year. Then again, I also had tomatoes fruiting so things are just behind in general comparatively speaking. The two pea varieties are very different colored greens. I don't know if it is a variety trait or a difference in soil make-up between the two beds. Hmm,
The spinach has bolted, so half of it has been removed, and Diva cuke seedlings put in it's place. I got creative for the cucumber trellis, some wire trellises from last year with bamboo and a stick laid across should make a sturdy structure for the vines to climb. Shade cloth went over the remaining greens in the bed.
We let some of the Painted Lady butterflies we have been raising go today, here is one showing my little boy how a butterfly uses it's probiscus to harvest nectar.....
Time to get back to work, we are fencing and bird-netting, and trellising today. Happy Gardening!!
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