Well, the weather was much cooler today, though muggy. I think we're finally in for some rain tonight. Of course that didn't stop us from having a great 3-mile walk sans youngin's tonight when we got home from work. It was great. The heart rate wasn't racing quite as much as pushing an old jogging stroller with 45 pounds of 5 year old, but it did allow us to spend a relaxing dinner at Subway mid-walk. Splitting a foot-long ham and cheese loaded with veggies. Ah, the life. hehe
What does that have to do with a gardening blog you ask? Well, it isn't really a stretch to say that part of the reason I started my garden was to eat better and live healthier so I can play with my grand kids some day. Besides, the other reason I started the garden was for a stress reliever, and I can tell you I feel nice and relaxed after that evening. Lastly, it's my blog and I'll ramble if I want to, hehe.
Now on to the garden. After my walk today, I took the opportunity when we got home to wander around the garden and water. I can tell you more broccoli is coming on strong all of a sudden, so I should really figure out how to encorporate it into more meals. That or resign myself to the fact that I'll need to preserve it or give it away. I'm sure I could give it away, but having freshish broccoli in the heat of the summer or dead of winter sounds pretty good (yeah, there's a good chance I'll have broccoli to harvest mid-winter, but you get my meaning).
While I was watering, I decided to take a few snapshots of the other side of the garden for a change. First is Judy's Minnesota Midget cantaloupe.
Why do you ask are all the plants bunched into the corner of a big 31 gallon Self Watering Container (SWC)? Well, the third seed didn't germinate but the fourth that I just threw in did. Anyone want to tell me if the little guy will transplant a foot away? I don't want to kill it but it does look kinda runtish next to those big guys. Anyway, I need to figure out a trellis for this area. Now that I think the big tomato cages are doing fine to contain the tomatoes I really don't need to waste my big trellis on it, but it does need to be sturdy. Maybe I'll build one of the sturdy conduit ones that Mel pushes and KitsapFG uses so well. Who knows, I've got another month or so before these need a trellis.
Speaking of tomatoes, I think I mentioned that I took an idea from EG who pinches his suckers (the stems that grow from the middle of a V on a tomato plant) when they're decent size and plants them for succession or back-up plants. Well, I decided to experiment myself with a decent sized one that I must have missed. I planted it in the back of my blueberry bed where I had a ton of room in the corner of two fences. Well, it seemed to take, but silly me, I forgot to water it well during that 90 degree heat we had last week. I guess I'm spoiled by my SWCs, hehe. It died of course, but I decided to water it regularly to see if I could revive it. Sure enough, it looks like it may just pull through. Wouldn't that be a resilient tomato plant?
Sorry for the poor quality picture, I didn't want to climb into the bed so I zoomed in. However, you can clearly see new growth on top of the old dead leaves. I'll keep checking back with this guy to see if it produces anything.
Hehe, continuing the unintentional segways, speaking of blueberries, the plant right next to this tomato is going to be my best producer by far. Look at all those berries froming...
They almost look ready don't they? Maybe this is one of my early producers? It's a Blueray, which matures in July and August, so maybe... Yum!
The next pic is for my good buddy EG who already has corn growing. I think I told you that I hit these with a shot of fish emulsion yesterday to help them along, hehe.
Notice that some of those stalks are growing side stems at a 45 degree angle? I'm not sure what to make of that. I mean last year the stalks did that but not until they were nearly 6 feet tall and the Vs were 3 feet up the stalk. I wonder if this means I'll grow short corn stalks with multiple ears... wouldn't that be interesting? I haven't grown this variety before.
Lastly, I wanted to share a pic of my lone watermelon from EG that germinated in a scrap SWC. It seems to be doing pretty well, but I'm kind of curious about it. It doesn't look at all like a cantaloupe or other melon plant. In fact, it looks a LOT like a tomato plant...
I swear the seeds looked like black watermelon seeds, which matches the name, Blacktail Mountain Watermelon or something like that. EG, you growing them? At least I think it was EG that gave them to me, maybe Judy... hmm? That reminds me that I should really lable the envelopes with who gave them to me, to thank them when I get a great crop or something... hehe.
Enjoy your garden!