First of all, sorry for the lack of posts this past week! I was traveling for work, and didn't have time before I left to schedule any auto-publish posts for you! Yikes! But I'm back, and have been busy as ever. How about a garden update!
The garden has been growing gang-busters in our upper 80s temperatures. And with the rain we got almost two weeks ago, along with the rain we're getting right NOW! ... it's only going to get bigger! Yay!
This is my older chicken coop. In front of the coop are mostly tomato plants, a couple zucchini, and some butternut squash. And a whole mess of volunteer sunflowers! I can't bring myself to pull sunflowers when they're coming up in the spring, even if they're in less than ideal spots. Like right in the walkway between two garden beds. *grin*
In front of the new coop is the larger garden where I planted an assortment of squash plants, as well as 4 more tomato plants. I have tomato plants in one of the metal troughs, and cucumber, radish, and spinach in the second metal trough (which is difficult to see in this photo, since it's just behind the smaller one in front).
The squash plants are doing really well in the larger garden this year. They have a nice wind break from the new coop now, so they won't take such a beating from the wind like they used to. YAY!!! I planted a complete assortment of squash plants in this area, and since I didn't write them down it will be a complete surprise until they start producing fruit.
I set up the lower trellis for the cucumber yesterday, since they're just starting to get to the point that they're ready to start climbing. I imagine before next weekend, I'll be putting up the upper portion of the trellis so they have plenty of room to grow.
I have two big sweet mint plants, and both are growing extremely well. I have yet to be able to keep a mint plant alive through our mid- and late-summer heat, so I have to start fresh with new plants every year. As is the case for everything, except the volunteer sunflowers.
The bed of Patty Pan (white scallop) squash I planted for Alan is growing like mad! These plants always do really well for us! And look at that small volunteer sunflower, right at the middle edge of that bed!
Putting in the garden is a lot of work ... especially since I don't use a tiller. Everything is done with a shovel, fork, and hoe. But the reward of watching the garden grow, and the beautiful harvest we get, makes the hard work completely worth it!