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I can’t believe I am already writing about the 4th week in our garden! But, of course, time always tends to fly by.
This week a lot of progress was made on the weeding front. It may not look like it, but I took a lot of weeds back that were surrounding the boxes. The boxes themselves seem to be pretty weed free, which is a nice change.
I do have my potatoes that are in a complete weed jungle right at the moment, but I can only get so far before I need to tend to something else.
I finally planted the rest of my seedlings in pots this past weekend. I have no idea how they will end up doing. The seedlings might be too far gone, although they all looked relatively healthy if not stunted in their little seedling pots.
My plan is to watch the pots for a couple weeks. If it looks like they aren’t growing at all, then I will pull all the seedlings and try and plant some other stuff in the pots instead. There are a lot of veggies that I can plant later in the summer for a fall crop, as well as herbs which are always welcome in my kitchen.
I do hope they grow though, because my peppers typically do the best in those EarthBoxes and I know the peppers in my garden beds are not growing very well at the moment.
The sugar pie pumpkin is going to take over the garden before the end of the summer. I noticed that it is starting to crawl over to one of the other garden beds, which is unfortunate. I was hoping it would grow in the other direction, towards the fence and the rest of our back yard, but it looks like I might have to interfere a bit with the direction it is going. If I can manage to keep the vines between the boxes instead of grabbing onto the other plants, I will be happy. I’m not very optimistic though, those suckers hurt to touch!
I have a couple lone strawberries on my strawberry plants. I don’t expect to get a good strawberry crop until next year or the year after, but it is nice to see them putting off a few strawberries. Perhaps I will get a second growing later in the season.
The biggest news is the weather around here – dry dry dry. It is kind of funny because my husband went on and on about how much water we have in Maine in our new washing machine video; and we do. However, it seems like the rain is staying to the south this year. I can’t figure out if it is good or not. I haven’t been watering nearly as much as I probably should. The reason is because the weatherman keeps saying that there will be rain, but then none comes. I got out early to water this morning, and it is close to 90 today, so I will probably be out there tonight as well. Most of my plants love a good deep soak, so I am doing what I can.
I’m excited to see the little flowers on the tomato plants. We are still a long ways off from fresh tomatoes, but they all look really good, and that makes me happy. My goal is to grow a ton of tomatoes because I love to can them, but it is always up in the air how well they end up doing. I tend to keep the back-up option of buying canning tomatoes from one of the local farms to even out what I pick.
What are the new fruits and vegetables you are seeing at your market, or in your garden?