Garden Party: Water, Watch, Wait

My adventures in late July gardening continue…

Day Nine

Good thing I didn’t start weeding as soon as I thought I saw weeds. Most of those little sprouts ARE weeds, but not all. That is the downside of using “unprocessed fertilizer,” aka horse manure. It carries all kinds of sturdy little seeds packed inside. Today it is clear that not everything I saw yesterday were weeds.

I think this could be a beet.

I think this could be a beet.

Beets and I have a bit of a history. Last season I was garden-sitting during a very hot spell. The beets were all wilting and could not seem to bounce back no matter how much water I gave them. I came up with a plan to save them, dead-looking as they were. Really, they were all shriveled and turning brown. I took a bunch of plastic garden chairs with slits in the seats and placed them in the beet patch, giving the plants some shade. They did bounce back and produced some very yummy red nutrition. I now suffer from a delusion that all beets will be forever grateful to me and I expect them to grow accordingly.

I am guessing these are zucchini, since they look like baby melons. (Don't judge, I am working with limited experience here.)

I guessed these were zucchini, since they looked like baby melons. (Don’t judge, I am working with limited experience here.)

Hearing I was calling everything weeds, this one held on to its seed shell to show me what it was. Smart zucchini.

Hearing I was calling everything weeds, this one held on to its seed shell to make sure I knew what it was. Smart zucchini.

Giving this one the benefit of the doubt and calling it a squash.

Giving this one the benefit of the doubt and calling it a Chiriman squash.

The Chiriman squash were planted a couple of days before the zucchini, but in less well-tilled soil and probably too deep. Besides, no one can keep up with zucchini, especially smart zucchini.

Taking a wild guess here: cauliflower?

Taking a wild guess here: cauliflower?

I have never seen cauliflower grow, but these guys only show up where I planted cauliflower. I wonder if the regular white cauliflower would also start as a purple-leafed plant, or is it a purple cauliflower thing? Aha! Thank you, google: pictures of cauliflower growth stages. Yay! I’m going to have cauliflower!

More cauliflower, I think. With blade of grassy weed for scale.

More cauliflower, I think. With blade of grassy weed for scale.

Do I even like cauliflower? Should I have planted broccoli? Dern eye-catching purple color. Hm. I think I know what that big empty planter is going to be used for. No seedling left behind! Waste not, want not, etc, etc.

Day 15

I was going to limit myself to weekly posts but this squash was too good to ignore. Chiriman bound and unbound:

I wonder how long it will take for the leaves to recover from their birthing difficulties?

I wonder how long it will take for the leaves to recover from their birthing difficulties?

Day 21

Three weeks in and here is the progress so far.

I wasn’t sure that these were doing anything but it looks like we’ll have peas!

Happy peas!

Happy peas!

Planter for transplanted cauliflower sprouts. It's round, like cauliflower.

Planter for transplanted cauliflower sprouts. It’s round, like cauliflower.

Some transplanted cauliflower sprouts.

Some transplanted cauliflower sprouts.

 

Chiriman squash growing in a new direction.

Chiriman squash growing in a new direction. I think it looks like it’s holding out a plate, asking for something.

 

Is there any lettuce in there?

Is there any lettuce in there?

 

Are these carrots? Mostly carrots?

Are these carrots? Mostly carrots?

 

Beets branching out.

Beets branching out.

 

Zucchini marching on.

Zucchini marching on.

 

When in doubt, add more zinnias! I just discovered that they are drought and deer resistant. I think I will plant them everywhere:)

When in doubt, add more zinnias! I just discovered that they are drought and deer resistant. I think I will plant them everywhere:)

W2melons

Small as they are, some of the transplanted melons are producing blooms.

 

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