What a difference a week makes in the garden! Of course, this may not look much different to you than last week’s post about getting my garden planted, but I can see the difference. My hope is to update you on the garden throughout the summer. And perhaps this will keep me accountable as far as keeping a clean and tidy garden goes (don’t hold your breath!).
Over the last week, I have seen the radish seeds sprout all around my squash and cucumber plants. If you have read my gardening posts in the past, you know that I have had an awful go of squash, even the prolific zucchini that apparently everyone but me can grow, due to cucumber beetles and stink bugs. But, one of my bloggy friends recommended planting radishes around the plants, and so that is what I have done. We shall see if it helps.
The green beans have also sprouted, which is exciting. I planted Provider Bush Beans, which have done really well when I have planted them in the past. My kids love green beans, and so I plan to freeze them.
One of my goals for this summer is to preserve a lot of food. I like going into the winter with jams/jellies/pickles/dilly beans and most importantly canned tomatoes. But, I am going to try and expand a bit this year to some frozen veg as well – green beans being the easiest thing to grow and freeze.
My irises are gone, unfortunately. They had a lot of blooms the past week though, and I cut them and brought them inside to enjoy. But, not to worry, my peonies are looking good, and I have seen the ants crawling on them to help open them up (or is that an old wives tale?).
The weeding is mostly under control, however, it seems like one of my garden beds had a bunch of grass seed or something dumped on it, all the other beds are pretty much clean (except for some stubborn dandelion roots) but this one looks like a mess already.
Matt was able to get the garden posts up, and then it rained, so we haven’t gotten the actual fencing around the garden yet. It needs to be done, and hopefully will be tonight since the neighbor mentioned he saw another wood chuck under our chicken coop. So far he hasn’t noticed my lettuce, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that we get the fence up before he realizes he has an open buffet right now.
Overall, a great start to the gardening year! We still have yet to plant the pots, but I am hopeful that today will be a good planting day with the kids, and we will get that all finished. I need to also get the tomato cages around the tomato plants. We had a good soaking rain last night, which the garden desperately needed. Hopefully we will have lots of sun this week so those plants keep growing strong! In the meantime, I think I will be visiting the co-op and maybe the farmers’ market this week in order to get some fresh local veg into our home.
What is your favorite vegetable fresh from the garden?