After a very cold morning, the garden seemed to do well enough. In addition to getting the garden supports all back in place, I also decided it was time to put in a second planting of green beans. This time I planted a single row of bush green beans between the bean and pea towers.
Bush Green Beans to supplement the pole beans
The cucumbers were also not looking happy and I already lost one of the plants and one of the seedlings. I planted a few more seeds in the hopes that the warmer weather now will be kinder to them.
The rest of the garden is looking pretty good. Below are a few status updates.
Tomato glad to be past the frost and ready for the 80s next week
Sweet corn a bit patchier than I would like
Lettuce and radish looking good
Onions perked up
Peas still looking good. I think they liked the cooler weather.
Here is the cost of planting early. A freeze Warning has been issued for tonight with forecasted lows of 32 degrees. As a result, the garden looks like a shanty town with makeshift tents made of old sheets and buckets.
Reuse before recycling
Garden all tucked in for the night. Sleep warm.
A quick check on the garden tonight and I was happy to see some more plants emerging. No need to write a big preamble here, the pictures and captions should suffice.
Nice circle of peas
First sign of a green bean
Zucchini from seed has made an appearance
Sweet Corn has also joined the party
Brandy Boy tomatoes are looking a nice shade of green
Lettuce started indoors has started to look good this week
A quick check on the garden tonight and even though it was a bit cooler and cloudy today, the garden seems to be off to a decent start. New plants sprouting and the early planted plants are not looking worse and in most cases actually improving. Once we get through a chilly morning tomorrow, the weather looks to warm up and get sunnier so I am anticipating some more good growing days ahead.
First Pea plant has emerged
Just three days in the ground and here are the radishes already
Lettuce sprouts are also making an appearance
This Brandy Boy tomato seems to be enjoying its new home. Nice and greed with new leaves already starting.
Zucchini with a bloom already.
Not sure what to make of the early blooming zucchini plants. I wonder if it is perhaps a sign of distress. I guess it is possible starting them inside earlier than I should have as well as being cramped into the smaller container messed up its development cycle.
I’ve continued to take pictures of the progress in the garden but just never get around to posting them. I’ll use this post to try and catch up a little.
Sweet corn experiment has been very educational. Biggest lesson so far is that I planted too much corn for the garden bed. While the plants have grown well enough, the overcrowding appears to be resulting in small and not fully formed ears. I hope to be getting my first few picked ears in a couple days and will post more details then.
Baby Sweet Corn
As has been typical in past years, the yellow squash and zucchini get off to a good start, but it is only a matter of time until the squash vine borer puts and end to it. I’ve already pulled one of the squash plants and executed the squash murderers for their crime.
Yellow squash and Zucchini
Always nice to get some red splashes in the garden. These cherry tomatoes were the first to break the red barrier.
First red tomatoes
Not a bad haul for one night in the garden. A good chunk of these will be passed around to the neighbors and coworkers.
More vegetables than we can eat
I suppose if there were no pests, gardening wouldn’t be much of a challenge and therefore not much fun. Would be nice to not have to fight them all every year.
Can you spy the pest?
So far this Tomato Horn Worm has been the only one of its kind found so far this year.
How about now?
Finally a view of the sweet corn from a bif of a distance away to see how tall it has gotten. If nothing else, we should have some decorations for Halloween this year.
Sweet corn is nice and tall
Our family vacation this summer took us out west to California. Since there was so much to see and do, we stretched the trip out to ten days. So, while we were seeing this…
Golden Gate Bridge
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Horseback riding at McGee Creek Pack Station
Feeling this in June…
Snowball fight at eastern gate of Yosemite National Park
Hiking to here…
Tenaya Lake in Yosemite
Eating too much of these…
The sweet corn back home in the garden went from this…
Sweet corn on June 8th
Sweet corn on June 18th
It has been so long, I am afraid I may have forgotten how to water the garden. Fortunately Mother Nature started to turn down the rain spigot. Unfortunately, she seemed to turn it down a bit too far. Oh well… A gardener can always find something to complain about.
Watering the sunflowers and the failed experiment of inter-planted pole beans.