Monday, June 15, 2009
In the Garden
What's going on in the garden now? Here's what Larry's been up to while I was at the writers conference this weekend:
The peas and spinach are finished and the chickens enjoyed the pulled-up vines and greens. He put the last of the peas in the freezer and put away the pea trellis.
The tomatoes are staked, pruned and mulched.
More cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, basil and nasturtiums are planted.
All the gardens are tilled and hoed.
The onion tops are bent down to start drying so we can pull them for storage.
Next on the to-do list?
Continue spraying the grapes for black rot. If we don't spray, we get no grapes at all. With the wet weather, the blight is likely to be bad this year.
The beans are in full bloom so we'll be picking in a week or so, I think. That means canning time. The beets are close to being ready to pull too. I haven't checked on the carrots yet but they were planted later.
The mulberries are almost gone and I did not get any put up. However the birds and the grandchildren enjoyed them, and I have quite a few jars of jam left from last year's crop.
The new strawberry patch needs to be weeded and the new asparagus plants need to be hoed.
The last flower bed still needs to be planted. I have put out very few annuals and no marigolds which seems very odd. My gardening time is usually in May but this year's rain precluded a lot of the things I normally do. Now that we're into June, storytelling will be keeping me out of the garden in my off-work time. So this year, what's done at this point is pretty much all that will get done.
I am disappointed in my herb garden--many seeds did not germinate, the dogs dug up what was doing well, and it just looks yucky. I am thinking about moving it to a new, sunnier location next year and finding fencing that will keep the dogs out.
That's all the news that isn't in the gardens at this point. What's going on in your garden?