There has been an amazing amount of growth in the garden this past week. I think the majority of it is in my greens bed as well as my sugar pie pumpkin plant, which is officially growing in the garden paths now.
I love to see all the new flowers coming out! This is also the point where I start to see stink bugs and cucumber beetles on all of my summer squash/winter squash/cucumber plants. And yes, there have been cucumber beetles, but I have been diligent about squishing them as soon as I see them.
That may make some people queasy, and honestly it used to make me queasy – who in their right mind wants to squish a bug. But, over the years of being infested with these garden pests, my queasiness went away and my lethal bug squishing skills emerged!
There are a lot of little tomatoes growing, which is incredibly exciting. I think that in another month we will be eating a lot of fresh tomatoes for lunch and dinner. I can’t wait!
Most of my pots seem to be doing well. I was a little concerned when I first put them in, since it was so late and the seedlings had been sitting in their little seed trays for so long, but I think most of the seedlings have new growth on them. There are a couple pepper plants that do not look very good at this point, and I’m not entirely sure if they will make it. One looks as if it is getting zero water, so the roots may have been damaged beyond repair. I will give this one pepper plant another week and see if it does anything.
The weeds are insane. I was just out there and had everything cleaned up. We get one good rain storm followed by warm sunny weather, and bam, weeds are back.
I need to hill my potatoes, but I am unsure what to use for dirt. When I planted potatoes the last time, I cleared enough dirt around the plants to just sweep it up when the leaves emerged from the ground – that was not the case this time. My idea is to go buy some more garden soil from the store and use that to pile around the potatoes…not sure if that will work, but I think it is my only option at this point!
In the meantime, I am harvesting lots of radishes and lettuce and kale from my garden. The kale has essentially taken over the greens bed, but I am OK with that – lots of greens for green smoothies. Although, it does seem to be overpowering my swiss chard, so I may need to pull some of the plants.
Overall, I am incredibly happy with the progress! In the meantime we have been strawberry picking, and trying to get as many of those delicious berries preserved for the winter as possible!
Have you been to a PYO farm before? What about this year?