Monday, May 25, 2009

Rainy Memorial Day

We can't fly our real flag today since it is raining, but at least I can fly a virtual flag here.

The rain doesn't bode well for the dinner we have planned today (requires a grill, natch), but it is good for the garden. The past week has been warm (sometimes hot), with clear skies. Lovely weather, but the long, slow soaking rain we are getting now is perfect.

The garden is really doing well; sometimes I sit on the back porch and just admire it. The potatoes are quite lush:

And just starting to flower:

According to what I have read, those flowers mean that potatoes are starting to form underground. I did manage to fill up the potato bed to the top of the frame as planned. Four coir bricks + compost, topped with about an inch of chopped leaves from last fall. Hope it works!

In the past week, I've managed to get the last of the tomatoes in the ground. I left a little space for the cherry peppers that come next:

The tomatoes that stayed in their pots longer are farther along than the ones I got in the ground as soon as frost danger was past, but they're starting to wake up and get growing after the warm weather this past week:

My sugar snap peas are starting to bear; I'll have some to eat soon! But I definitely need more than 13 pea plants next year. I'm thinking we'll get one good meal out of these.

Since the peas should be done soon, I set out the cantaloupe plants in front of the peas. I'm guessing the peas will be done by the time the cantaloupe vines reach the trellis.

That just leaves the corn to be planted. I wanted to do that today, but I'm not going to dig in all that mud. Unfortunately, we are supposed to have rain for two more days. I'm crossing my fingers that things will be dry enough by next weekend. And that I won't have to clear out too many weeds to make room for the corn.



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