My adventures in late July gardening continue…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I was going to limit myself to weekly posts but this squash was too good to ignore. Chiriman bound and unbound:
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!