Okay, so it's the July 1st Garden on July 2nd. Rain and heavy cloud cover yesterday kept me from taking the pictures I wanted but today we were blessed with a gor-gee-o-so day and I was able to get my pictures to compare the garden with pictures taken one month ago on June 1st.
Let's get right to it. I don't know if this will do much for you but I'm really excited to see what changes a month of growing time has made.
This is a shot of the raised beds on June 1st.
And the comparison shot taken today.
I've ended up planting in all the beds except one. Some of the beds show bare spots that I would have normally done some succession planting in but with the house construction this summer, I've decided to forego all second plantings except for salad fixings.
I'll give more of a tour of the raised beds in a post soon.
Looking pretty bare, here's the field garden on June 1st.
The field garden today.
Our strawberry patch is putting out ripe berries just about faster than I can keep them picked and processed. They started coming in this year almost three weeks early. Our early snow melt and actually having a real spring this year went a long way toward giving us a jump start on certain crops.
The four rows of potatoes to the right of the strawberry patch are just now starting to blossom. The two rows of white potatoes are looking fuller and healthier than the two rows of reds. I'm thinking I really need to introduce a new strain of red potatoes next year. The ones I have planted now are from potatoes I've saved for several years and I think they're poopin' out on me. The great thing about the potatoes? No sign of blight this year! Wahoo. It was a scary problem last year and I know many of you experienced the same thing.
The Morning glories planted at the base of the teepee trellis are still too short to grab on and climb. They seem terribly s-l-o-w to me this year, but hubby thinks I'm just being over-anxious and they're on schedule.
Behind the teepee trellis is a row (that you can't really see) of green beans that are starting to bush out and look like . . . well, bush beans.
Farther back is a line of Red Kuri squash that has room on both sides of it to vine away to its heart's content.
On the far south end of the field garden is my scraggly line of sunflowers that I just know are going to be beautiful. Someday. I hope. Maybe.
South of the potatoes are four cattle panel trellises that don't really show up in the picture. On the two far right ones are my shell peas. I can't figure out why they aren't taller right now as we've had lots of cooler, wet weather that you would think would make them very happy.
To the left of the peas are two trellises of my pickling cucumbers. They are only a couple of inches tall but should do just fine. Once we get into some warm weather that is.
On June 1st the pumpkin patch had a nice stand of oats and barley about half grown. It has since been cut down and turned into the soil.
This picture of the pumpkin patch today kind of looks like we're regressing, doesn't it?
After tilling in our first cover crop of the season, we immediately sowed a crop of buckwheat in the pumpkin patch and just today we noticed the first little green buckwheat sprouts poking up through the soil.
When I look at how the gardens have changed in a month's time, it seems as if that month was a long one. And yet this coming weekend is already the Fourth of July which has always signaled the halfway point of summer for us. No, no, no, I don't want summer to be half over!
We haven't even put up our hammock yet. Seems like this weekend would be a good time to do it if it's gonna happen. Yep, I think we'd better do just that.
Wishing all of you a great weekend and safe Fourth of July.
the quotidian (10.23.17)
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