I had two patches in the field garden that were still bare so in one I planted three more short rows of corn. It's very close to my big planting of corn so I think it will be fine.
The other patch has pea trellises on either side of it so I put a hill of red kuri squash there. I figure by the time the squash vines really take off, the peas will be done and I can pull out those vines to give the spquash room to roam. One hill will be plenty because I only want a couple of red kuri plants this year. Last year I planted way too many. They produced prolifically and we ate squash about until it came out our ears, I gave as many away as folks would take and just last week tossed the last two into the compost pile even though they had only a slight bad spot or two on them. (Even the chickens were tired of them because they'd had them regularly all winter.) So this year I'm trying to be much more sensible and not plant so many. (Me? Sensible in the garden? Ha.)
Yesterday I also hilled our four rows of potatoes for the first time this season. I didn't get 100% germination on the seed potatoes I planted this year, but it's better than last year. I wonder if part of the problem is that I've been using seed potatoes from the last year's crop for several years now. Saves money but maybe I need to break down and purchase some new ones for next year. You know, introduce some "new blood" into the potato patch. (Yuck. That doesn't even sound good.)
Above is one of the rows before hilling.
Same row after the hilling was done. It's really weird when you think of it. Just when the plants are starting to get big and tall, you go and cover them up with a bunch of dirt. Then they emerge from the dirt and start to reach for the sky . . . and you do it to 'em again. Poor plants.
I also got the pumpkin patch tilled up and ready for planting. Even up here, the last full week in June is a smidge on the late side to be planting pumpkins, but our weather has just been too cool before this. I'm crossing my fingers (along with a lot of other folks) for a long fall this year so the late started garden will have a chance to mature.
One thing our cool weather has been good for is salad greens. We have never (ever, ever) had such flavorful lettuce, Swiss chard, kale or spinach. We've been having a big salad once a day nearly every day for weeks now. Can't beat that for a nutritious, healthy, flavorful meal.
I'm happy to report we are having some warm weather now, and I'm finally starting to see a growth spurt in the garden. Except maybe for the pepper plants I transplanted to a cold frame covered bed on June 7th. I'm pretty sure they are smaller now than when I set them out.
P.S. Don't forget to check out the quilt book give-a-way in yesterday's post. Comments close tonight!
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