We got a bit of rain this morning -- total surprise! So I decided to snap a few photos of the garden, which has been growing gangbusters! You might notice that I hadn't opened up the coop doors yet, either.
The bed in this photo with the long reaching vines coming out of it (front/center) is a bit of a surprise. The plants are actually producing what look like acorn squash, and not patty pan (scallop) squash. I guess the seeds in the packet were wrong, because I don't think I even have acorn squash seeds. Who knows.... maybe I do, and I just wrote down on my planting map incorrectly. That wouldn't surprise me, actually.... *grin* At least the plants are doing ok. I don't typically have good luck w/ acorn squash. The plants tend to wilt down in the heat, but so far they've been able to perk back up by morning. Here's hoping they continue to do well.
This is the bed I put in most recently. This bed didn't have the best growing results last year, so this year I really took time to replenish the soil with good, rich growing soil. So far, so good! Yesterday I put up the wire trellis for the cucumbers to grow on. It arches over and attaches to the top edge of the chicken yard, so it should be a nice support for the plants. I am happy to see that the zucchini plants at the front of the bed are coming along nicely. In the distance, you can see my bed of radish and spinach. Yum!!
This bed is mostly cucumbers, but there is a tomato on the other side of the trellis, and yellow squash on two corners. The tomato and squash were planted after seeing that the cucumbers weren't coming up well in those areas, so I made use of the space with other plants.
The new coop is proving the be a wonderful wind break for the garden, which makes me very happy! Having a larger area where I can grow taller plants (like tomato and giant squash plants), is awesome! We've already been enjoying harvest from the garden. That makes all the work putting the garden in worth it!