Despite the lack of updates, I have been busy in the garden and out. Work, Consulting, Scouts and Family have taken priority over blogging for some reason. Here’s what’s been growing on.
Free Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Cantaloupe!
A nice lady had about 35 free tomato plants listed on Craigslist. I was the lucky recipient! Several varieties of paste tomatoes and some good slicers. Most of the tomatoes should make it, although a few were small and are struggling with the transplanting. The new tomatoes made up for the many tomatoes that I killed.
The same lady also gave me two cantaloupe plants, so we’ll see how that goes!.
We managed to snag two free small cucumber plants from another person on Craigslist and found a place for them in our yard.
Sticks and String!
Some tomato plants are getting big and the peas are growing like crazy. Both were overdue for some support. Ryan and Calvin and I pruned the lilac trees and used the trunks and branches for tomato stakes and to build a pea trellis. Ryan (age 4) really did cut down two lilac trees all by himself with a two foot hand saw. I gave Calvin (age 2) a coping saw with the blade turned to the inside so that he couldn’t really cut with it. He eventually decided he wanted to help me push the bow saw back and forth, so he did.
The dirt was soft enough that I could just hold on tight to the stick and lean on it and I could get the stick in deep. Except on two of them where I hit a rock. Nothing too fancy, just sticks and twine.
The pea trellis is a bit fancier. There are two arches/x shapes with a cross beam,all lashed together. There is string zig-zagging up and down and across along the rows. The peas have been climbing it enthusiastically. If they keep going I might need to build it taller!
This is the first flower bud I saw on any of my squash/pumpkin/cucumber type plants. I have since seen several more. I’m not sure if this is a squash or pumpkin. I love squash and pumpkins. We made our own pumpkin pie filling a few years ago and it was great. Now that we have a pressure canner, I plan on putting some away so we can have it all year long.
The spinach is up and being eaten. We take in just as much as we want at a time. Tonight we brought in just the handful show below to make some cracker spread.
The radishes are gone. We ate a lot of tops in salads, but the radishes never really plumped out so I took them out once they started getting tough rooted and flowering. I think I didn’t thin them soon enough.
The peas have started! Just a handful of pea pods tonight but everyone enjoyed them, even Mr. Picky himself (Calvin). We planted peas that are meant to be eaten as pods as well as regular eat-the-peas peas, but I’m not sure which variety this was. I think it was the eat-the-pods type.
The cilantro is about 2 inches tall and we have been snitching a leaf now and to eat on the spot, but not enough to call it harvesting.
That’s it for tonight!