Wednesday, July 04, 2007
State of the Garden
1. Potatoes. Planted late April. Status: Excellent. I've never had such lush plants full of flowers. And I like how this picture turned out a little surreal-looking in the morning mist.
2. Onions. Planted mid May. Status: Excellent. This is the first time I've had such robust looking plants; it helped that I planted started plants rather than those dry looking bulbs I've always planted before.
3. Greens. Planted sometime in April. Status: Way above average. This kale just won't quit, and neither has the lettuce, although it is time to replant in another bed. I tried replanting a couple weeks ago but nothing has come up.
4. Tomatoes, planted early June. Status: good. July should be a good growth month for them, and I'm hoping for the earliest ones by August. There are already flowers and a few little green tomatoes. All of my plants are under row covers, which buffer the cool nighttime temperatures and keep flying and four legged critters out.
5. Pickling cucumbers, planted from seed early June. Status: fair. I didn't get good germination with these, nor with bush beans, nor with carrots. I am thinking maybe it's the soil. The composted horse manure is good for transplants, but maybe it needs to be amended with some finer material to keep the seeds in place.
We're spending a quiet Fourth of July at home, except for The Hermit and Calvin who are going fishing this morning at the same lake where we fished the other day. From the looks of things, I may need to spend a little time weeding!