Friday, May 13, 2016

my little garden is planted

Most of my garden was planted earlier this week - Monday I think - the one day that it didn't rain.

I still had to buy zucchini seeds, which I stuck down in the soggy dirt yesterday.

It looks like I am growing Amazon boxes!

I had put the cardboard over the raised bed earlier this spring to smother out weeds. I thought I might as well leave it in the space around the hold in moisture and attract worms.
We'll see how that works.

I planted yellow squash seeds and zucchini seeds...trying for two plants of each.

The rest are bedding plants. I'm going international, with Armenian cucumbers and Japanese Ichiban eggplants.
Also, two kinds of cherry plant of each.

I also bought a basil plant, but I am going to keep it in a pot on the back porch. Last year, I was lazy about picking the leaves while they were young and tender. Maybe I'll be reminded if I have to walk past the plant every day.

My husband is usually in charge of choosing and planting our full size tomatoes, but he hasn't had a chance to turn his attention to it yet this year.  I think he needs a little nagging encouragement to get him going!

While I was out by the garden I noticed so many of these wild strawberries. Maybe the overspray from watering the garden beds the last couple of years have helped them propegate.

Box turtles like to eat them and so do birds and other I don't mind them growing here.  
Looking at this photo makes me wish I had picked this one and ate it!

Lots of shiny little brown toadstools too. Not tempted to eat those!

I hope all this rain helps out the garden as much as it's helping the weeds grow like crazy!


  1. I like the Early Prolific too. Marilyn likes the warty crooknecks. We didn't put any zuks out this year, the flavor is funky for us but it does make interesting appearance for stir-fry and kabobs. The cherry types have kept us in salad after the full sized ones run out. We usually have a volunteer or two...

    1. The zucchini are so good sliced and tossed with peppers and onions, drizzled with olive oil, coarse salt, and cooked on the gas grill (in one of those grill pans with the holes).
      And of course they can be preserved in the form of Zucchini bread...which freezes nicely if one doesn't eat it all up!

      Same reason I like cherry tomatoes...they keep producing until frost if conditions are right.

  2. We use cattle panels from rural king or tractor supply, and T posts. The panels are 4' all and 16 feet long, heavy galvanized 6 or so gage wire, $20. We take a pair of bolt cutters and half them for easier handling and transport. They sell 8 footers to for about $13... Plenty strong for cukes, 'maters, gourds, etc.

    1. Sounds like the perfect set up for larger scale growers like you two...and now that I think about it, that's what I need for butternut squash, which takes up a lot of room.
      I will mention this to the Sasquatch also. He is growing some cucumbers this year... wants to try pickling them in a crock.