Well, I let my fingers do the walking and found what appears to be a competing brand of predator urine to deter my raccoons. Unfortunatley they were closed when I called but answered the phone anyway. I love shopping locally. It's at my local True Value hardware store just down the street where I found that great cedar bench. I may just stop by on the way home from work and pick both up. We'll see.
Anyway, I read on the bus this morning about winter gardening in the Pacific NW. Apparently on coast of the Puget Sound, we can garden year round here under hoop covers (Steve Solomon calls them plastic cloches). He suggests a great schedule to have salad greens year round. If I plant lettuce, spinach, and maybe mustard greens in September, I'll harvest in December and January. Succession plantings in October will harvest in February and March. The trick then is when the first (September) plants are done in late January, you plant again for harvest in April and May, right as my first spring greens are coming up. Considering I still have greens right now in the heat of the summer (some are just starting to bolt), that means we can have salad greens all year round here! Very cool!
On the way home I decided that I should fertilize the final two rows of corn to complete the succession planting. While I did it I was surprised to find the start of corn (since yesterday) on several of my first plantings. Look at the best of them...
Now it seems I've got to look up what to do with them? I haven't seen many bees around lately so I guess it means I need to hand polinate them. I wonder if Judy's around since she did that with hers and they turned out. Grrr. I wish I had more experience, hehe. It's exciting though. I had to get my whole family out there to show them our corn starting to grow!
Also, I just had to snap a pic of my flowering cukes. I've got tons of flowers on all my plants, but this pic shows the greatest concentration right at the base of my trellis. Pretty cool!
I sure hope we get a ton of cukes. As I've said my wife wants to pickle them and if we don't get many I'll eat them all plain or in salads, hehe. Do I have to polinate these or what? Can I shake the trellis like I do the tomato cages? /shrug
Finally, I have been looking online at Territorial Seed to find some mustard greens to grow this fall, winter and next spring and summer. I want something to give my salads some kick, the Italiansheir lettuce isn't doing it. But I don't want too hot or too mustardy taste which would clash with the rest of my salad. I've got an IM into my garden muse Jen who graciously posted here today. She let me try some of her mustard greens and I liked them. Maybe she can help me pick a variety from Territorial. I hate so many choices when I'm so picky, hehe. Worst case I can call the order line. They're extremely helpful there, but they don't know me like Jen does. Well that's it for tonight. Time to hit the sack.
Enjoy your garden!