Alrighty, let’s get planting!
That was our motto for the the past week. As much as we had hoped to get to planting last week, it just didn’t happen. Aside from a few pockets of rain here and there, we had a week of really fine weather. (And with it being sunny and in the 80s today, we couldn’t have asked for a better start to this week!) Over the course of several lovely evenings, we got a number of new plants in the ground — tomatoes, peppers, greens, and ground cherries, along with cucumber seeds and scattered flower seeds. In all of the planting beds we’ve interspersed a number of different flowers, mostly different varieties of marigolds with morning glories and violas. (As well as sunflowers, but we’re counting most of those among the plants we can eat.) Mixing flowers and vegetable plants expounds upon the notion of companion planting and hopefully, it’ll bring all the bees to the yard. (No milkshakes, please.) All. The. Bees! Or, we wish. It’s no secret that honey bee populations have been in decline; we’re happy to host lots of bumblebees. The wasps…those we could do without. Anyhoo, it’s too soon to know if any of the flowers have taken, but maybe we’ll have some very pretty beds in a couple months. Here are just some of the garden beds with their new tenants. (Sorry about all the netting, it’s our initial countermeasure against all the birds and squirrels. And goodness, the yard has been full of them lately!)
As of today, we’ve only had to replace one tomato plant that didn’t survive the transplant. It’s tough watching the little seedlings right now as they all seem so small and fragile in the big, ol’ ground! Some seem to be taking to their new homes just fine, while others struggle. (Mainly the tomatoes; the peppers seem to be doing okay for the moment.) After a big storm last night, a couple of the plants have broken stems, so we may have more replacements to take care of in the near future.
Come back next week as we show more wondrous stretches of dirt with seeds in them! Also, we’ll go over just what seeds were planted where. That’s probably little more exciting than dirt.