OMG I'm tired. Let's get through this post fast and furious... I woke up at 4:30 and rushed to work. I missed the first bus and got to work at 5:30. I didn't leave until 5:15. Not quite 12 hours. My eyelids are tingling, hehe.
Let me start by saying I love the comments. I proves people are actually reading what I babble about. Sure the stats tell me I get around 200 hits a day, but how "real" is that?
After work I went for a much needed hair cut and then out to dinner with the family. When I got home I put the kids down and went out to the garden. I hadn't been out there in two days so sure enough the tomatoes were not quite bone dry, but not full like I like it. Give those babies as much water as they want! I ended up watering just about everything a bit, and then it started to rain so I let nature take over. Mostly I wanted to get the SWCs watered because one of the two at least is a closed system so rain doesn't help.
Speaking of my SWCs, I was surprised to find all three of my cantaloupe plants have gotten their first true leaf. Not bad considering it's been cloudy and in the mid 60s for a few days.
While I was out there I decided to try to help along the cucumber growth by hand polinating. I was speaking at work today to one of my garden buddies and she mentioned that she hand polinates her zuchinis so I decided it couldn't hurt with cukes. So I searched and searched and found one male flower in all 6 of my plants in bed #3 and tickled the female flowers with it. Not sure if I did it right. Only time will tell.
While I was snapping the pictures of my cantaloupe, I watered the potato bins and my apple tree. Here are some dark shots of my two potato bins. Both have bounced back decently from the attack of the raccoons.
Boy I wish they'd hurry up and die already, hehe.
I'll end with a question... How can you tell if a bush bean is ready to harvest? Here is one of the bigger ones. It's still pencil thickness but it's long. Here's a good shot of it.