I've mentioned before that we mow down our strawberry plants near the end of the summer so that they have a bit of strong, new growth, but not the old, large mound of leaves, to go into the hibernation season over winter.
Papa Pea mowed them for me one day last week. And, oh my gosh, did that reveal a whole lot of runners and weeds that had been hiding under the big ol' bunch of leaves.
This is a shot of the whole mowed planting. I managed to get the two rows on the left of the picture cleaned up to my satisfaction this afternoon before I got a nasty cramp in the back of my right thigh muscle! Well, maybe it wasn't awful-terrible-bad, but I used it as an excuse to stop for the day.
That leaves me with this last (and worst) row to finish up yet before the job is done.
I have to show you the gladioli planted from corms that my friend Karen in Wisconsin sent me last fall. Is this double stalk of pinks gorgeous or what?
And this is the first white one to open. There are more of both colors to come.
Thought it wasn't going to happen this year, but some of my cherry tomatoes are finally ripening. I've always staked these up in a wire cage before, but this year let them crawl on the ground as the seed catalog suggests. They are so late I don't know whether to blame our wonky weather this gardening season . . . or the fact that maybe they don't like to crawl and would rather be staked.
This is my biggest pie pumpkin growing on the arbor trellis. It's gigantic compared to others I've grown (about the size of a volleyball, I'd say) and like the others on the trellis, doesn't seem to be requiring any support to keep from ripping off the vine. (Yeah, I'm surprised at that, too, Glenda.) Not showing much orange color yet, is it?
Lastly, this is one of the mangels I'm growing as experimental supplemental feed for our poultry this winter. And this isn't even a big one. Can you believe some of them can grow to be 15-20 pounds?
Hunkered In ~ from the handiwork journal
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