I have a confession to make: I haven't weeded the garden in over a month! Ok, maybe longer. I've said it. My secret is out.
Please, please, look beyond the weeds.
- The onions are doing great. I usually don't wait until they're fully mature before I pluck one out for an omelet or salad.
- The lettuce is about to give me it's fifth harvest.
- The pole beans... lots of flowers but no beans yet. I'm still waiting.
- I've got great looking beefsteak tomatoes on the way.
- I don't know exactly what kind of peppers these are. It's not what the picture on the label showed but I'm still happy with these. They are mild and delicious.
- The Roma tomatoes are coming along nicely.
- The basil and lemon basil plants are doing well.
- The one pepper on this plant is growing beautifully. It should be a yellow pepper. It's still maturing.
- The yellow squash are prolific and delicious... in eggs, casseroles, on salads, roasted, stir fried... they're wonderful.
- The zucchini has slowed it's production. I think I crowded them.
- The string beans, that were previously vandalized by a varmint, are recuperating but the cucumbers are invading their space. I collect the string beans. I don't harvest them. I collect them one by one and I'm saving each one until I can justify turning on the stove to cook them.
- Oh, and the cucumbers? A big zero thus far. I crowded them.
I'm so thrilled with the results. I haven't seen bugs or worms chewing away. Just bees. For fertilizer, we just put a top dressing of a few bags of organic mushroom compost (thanks to a tip from Kris at http://georgiahomegarden.blogspot.com/.) Oh, and we limed the soil when we tilled it up. That's it.
And on my way back to the house, I found three big piles of this. I did what any sensible person would do: I scooped them up and tossed them into the compost pile.
Then grabbed my 'Liquid Fence' spray (much cheaper than a wood and wire fence) and sprayed a barrier around the garden. Note to self: wear gloves when using this next time. Pee-Eww.
Here's a few changes I would make next season:
- Plant more zucchini and squash. Maybe just the two of them in one of the beds.
- Plant a lot more string beans. Rows of them.
- Give the cucumbers their own row, away from the squash.
- Plant more peppers.
- And insert the tomato cages correctly in the soil. Yep, we put the cages upside down. With the spikes pointed upward. That's embarrassing.
- Plant more onions. They're great in almost everything.
- And use the 'Liquid Fence' a little earlier to prevent unwanted guests.
- And create three more beds.
I hope you enjoyed my update.
Growing things to eat can be quite the healthy addiction.
Love from Whippoorwill Road,