Well, it finally dried up enough outside that I was able to get out in the garden and plant a few more things today. Here’s what’s going on in the garden so far…
The strawberries are looking good! The little berries are growing, and just starting to turn red.
The potatoes are doing very well. The ones I planted in the rows instead of the holes seem to be coming up better. When it rained forever, the holes filled up with water. I think some of seeds rotted. Plus, there were worms in the holes when they were wet. But, all in all they are doing very well.
The first two rows of corn are coming up nicely. I think I’ll need to fertilize them soon. I’m going to see if I could use chicken or goat manure on them (does anybody know?). I planted two more rows of corn today.
I also planted my pole beans today. I wanted to put poles up for them, but hubby hasn’t had the time to construct any for me, and I couldn’t find anything around the house that I could use. So, I planted them with the corn. I read that you can plant pole beans with corn; they help each other grow. The beans add nitrogen to the soil, and the corn soaks it up. The corn acts as a pole for the beans to grow up. You’re only supposed to plant one bean seed per corn stalk, so that you don’t overwhelm the stock and weigh it down.
Plant the beans when the corn is a few inches tall. They need to be planted about an inch from the corn stalk, and about 1-2″ deep.
My carrots and lettuce aren’t doing anything. I’m wondering if they’ll even come up.
My cucumbers were doing well… until I got the bright idea to thin some out. I can’t believe how quickly they wilted, practically right before my eyes! Note to self: don’t thin cucumber seedlings! Perhaps I should have waited till they were much bigger, or maybe I should have just left them alone all together. So now, I’m down from four to two. I might try planting more.
I planted two zucchini plants, but the wind blew one over and the stem broke. So, now I only have one. It’s doing okay… looks like it’s struggling a little.
One of the watermelon seedlings is emerging. I hope it does well!
The cantaloupe haven’t made an appearance yet; not sure they will. I think they should have been up by now.
I finally got the broccoli and tomatoes in the garden today. Both of them are still scrawny seedlings. I really hope they do well. I’m afraid I didn’t get the broccoli in early enough. From what I’ve read they do much better in cold weather, and it’s starting to get pretty hot here. I’ll probably end up trying them again in Fall. We’ll see!
Next time I start seeds, I won’t use straight potting soil. It gets as hard as a rock after a little while. I’m pretty sure that’s why they haven’t done very well. The little roots have had a hard time growing in such hard soil.
Anyways, that’s my update! How is your garden growing? I’d love to hear from you and see what you guys have been able to do.