Still, despite the insane pressures, we were determined to make our start, and so, during the first week of June, we installed the fences for the animal yard, and the fence for the small vegetable garden. Joe dug a BUNCH (about 60, I think) of holes along the sides of the long driveway and into these, he transplanted the sunflower seedlings he'd started a few weeks earlier. Meanwhile, in the newly created and fenced garden plot, I transplanted tomato, watermelon, sunflower and pea seedlings.
|June 6, 2010 - Tilling first garden spot|
|Tilled "horseshoe" garden plot|
|June 7, 2010 -- Planting first "crops"|
|Holes for Sunflowers along driveway|
This week, June 2, 2011, I picked our first green beans, and yellow straight-neck squash from the same little garden plot. And yesterday I picked the first grey zucchini. The strawberries and spinach have about played out, and the peas are producing enough for daily meals and even a little extra for freezing. All of these, are planted in the original garden plot created last year. We have a ton of volunteer tomatoes, watermelon and sunflowers that reseeded themselves from last year, and with our direct sowing at the beginning of April, that little garden is resembling a jungle.....
|Green Beans are coming in now|
|Cucumber, yellow squash, waterrmelon, sunflower and more...|
a veritable jungle!
|Peas... won't last long in this heat|
|Squash are loading up|
|Cantaloupe is finally taking off|
In fact, despite our sunflower and zinnia forest visions, it looked as if we managed to plant oh, about 150 healthy WATERMELON plants in that front garden...30 or so feet from the two lane road.... BRILLIANT! That will teach us to take a bucket of "old trash seeds" and broadcast them in the garden! Still, there are also some sunflowers and some zinnias in the mix that is popping up... but the majority appear to be watermelon. It will be an interesting front garden, that's for sure!
|Watermelon seedlings...in front garden|
Yes, a year ago we were just beginning to plant, to dream of what could be.... this year, we are well into the return on that dream.
|Original Garden May 22, 2011|
|May 28, 2011|
|June 1, 2011|
|More Gardens, May 22, 2011|