Sunday, June 29, 2008

Plants are doing very well with all the recent rain. So are the weeds, but that's life.

Crushed my first japanese beetle today. Good thing I bought the traps in bulk at CostCo.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Grass for mulch and fresh peas

We mowed the yard today and I got all the grass clippings I'll need for a while. I mulched around the squash, to help keep the grass and weeds down so they can get enough light.

The rain this past week has been very good for the garden. All my squash are doing well, the tomatoes, the corn and the green beans are also doing well. I got cages for my tomatoes today. I didn't use them last year and the tomatoes sat on the ground and rotted.

I also ate the first fresh peas from the garden. I had tried some raw before, just because I've never grown peas before. They were very tasty raw. I tried them sauteed in a little butter. They were good, but still stiff, like when they're raw. I should have cooked them longer. I like peas, but I like them soft.

The lettuce is way, way too thick. It's killing itself competing for sun. So, I envision lots of salads in my future.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Back from vacation

While I was on vacation, I had nightmares about my seedlings drying out and dying. They didn't! In fact, they seemed to grow really fast (probably because I wasn't checking on them every other day).

The grass, of course, had a field day without me walking on it, but at least many of the squash seedlings that perished in the last frost were replaced by new sprouts from the extra seeds I planted before my trip. Such as these beauties:

The corn is growing well, I guess. Having never grown corn before, I don't really know. The old saying is "knee high by the 4th of July" and it's well on its way, so I guess it's doing well.

I finally got some of the Snackjack seeds to sprout. These are the hybrid pumpkins that produce hulless seeds for eating. I think I planted 15 seeds (maybe more) and only got one sprout. If it produces seeds, and they're awesome, it might be worth it.

I'm impressed that the morning glory seeds I got from a geocache have produced some sprouts. I have no idea how long they'd been there. If they produce seeds, maybe I'll try returning the favor.

The trellis really needs some more support. After I erected it, we had some seriously rainy and windy days. This pushed the trellis posts back and forth and compacted the soil around it. So, it's wobbly now. I can put more dirt (or even quickcrete) down the holes, I just haven't done it.

Oh! And cut grass makes awesome mulch. I poo-pooed it because with the size of garden I have, I needed so much mulch that I spread it too thin. Well, with the lawn tractor we got after ours died, I successfully lobbied for a bagger. Now, I can have oodles of grass clippings. It is so nice!

The spearmint and lemon balm are kind of taking over their little plot, so if you need any spearmint or lemon balm and you're in the Evans City / Pittsburgh area, let me know. I planted it just because my parents' garden had it. I thought maybe I'd make tea or Mojitos out of it. I can probably make mint jelly there's so much.

And, after being gone, lots of strawberries had a chance to ripen. I had a handful yesterday and more today. Yum!

The rest of the pictures are here: