Before planting seeds, I cleaned up the beds and added compost that had been brewing since I started the garden project. The heat and humidity really takes the fun out of gardening. On a more positive note, I have planted some new things!!! Feels like Christmas every time I buy seeds, plant seeds, and see them pop up out of the ground. If am I honest, I enjoy harvesting and eating less because I enjoy seeing them grow more than anything else in the world. Gotta eat though too!
I was out past dark sowing the seeds, repositioning the soaker hoses, and running the water. With beds ready for planting, I was on a mission. I was not alone out there as I had what felt like a swarm of mosquitoes taunting me, buzzing my ear, and biting my arms.
So I planted more delicious and beautiful kale, turnips, salad greens, bush beans, and rhubarb (variety of colors). I also planted cauliflower in my keyhole garden which has turned out great.
I am trying out plastic mulch with some corn that I plan on sowing this week. From what I have read and observed, you bury the sides of the sheet with dirt and it becomes water efficient and weedless. I am improvising with some white trash bags and I can't wait to see the finished results once the corn gets growing. I am exploring the different options we have when growing vegetables and I'm trying to grow smarter based on what I have read and seen so far. My hands-on experience has proved that mulching has been the best method yet when it comes to weed control. However, I have grown fearful of using straw or hay as they seem to create a lot of their own undesirable growth.
To wrap things up I will use pictures to give the run down on how things are going on our family food factory.
|Drying our own herbs|
|Kale still thriving and ready for second harvest.|
Favorite vegetable so far.
|Hello Beautiful Sunflowers!|
|Happy bees moving from one to another.|
|Do marigolds get 2 to 3 feet high? I'm surprised. |
Must not have read the package.
|Herb garden showing off|
|Put the mint plants in pots to prevent them |
from taking over the garden.
|Chives look and taste great!|
|Strawberry rows taken over by weeds and grass. |
Least favorite part of the garden at the moment.
|Each tomato plant has green tomatoes. Not |
sure I can wait much longer. It is killing me...
all I want is a tomato sliced with crispy toast
and melted cheese on top....Why me???