2001 Garden Diary
May 1-5, 2001
We are in full swing. Lettuce has been going like gangbusters for about a week now, followed closely by spinach. We've been eating lettuce straight from the garden for the past three days or so, just trying to thin out the crop a bit. Beans are up & will be ready to be run up wires in the next week or two & we have just finished plowing up the second bed. This weekend marks the big kick off as we plant the majority of our crops. In the plan are: corn, bell peppers, yellow squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes (2 kinds), eggplant, cucumbers, and anything else that catches our eye. Additionally, we are going to do some companion planting of sunflowers to attract insects that will help the crops. Pictures to come after the weekend!
May 30, 2001
Well, we've been making up for all the rain we did not get last month with a soaker this month. It rained more than 5 inches in the last week alone. We did get the second bed planted (see photos). However, with all the rain, it has become impossible to get into the center of the rows - we sink up to our ankles in mud! Because of this, most of our spinach went to seed & we have been unable to weed the garden at all. Needless to say, the weeds have been growing like, well like weeds. After some initial losses due to transplant shock, the second bed seems to be going well. In that bed we planted: Roma Tomatoes, Early Girl Tomatoes, Park's Whopper Tomatoes, Celebrity Tomatoes, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Summer Squash, Cucumbers, Banana Peppers, Yellow Peppers, Red Peppers and Green Peppers. We were unable to find the tomato that we really wanted to plant, called a Sunleaper. However, we have found several tomato plants that have sprung up in the first bed (probably from the compost). We are hoping that at least one of these is a Sunleaper. If the weather holds for a few more days, I'm hoping to get out with the tiller and do some loosening of the ground since the rain makes the ground hard and compacted. Unfortunately, they are calling for more rain over the weekend, so I don't know if we'll be able to do it this week.
Plot #1 With Beans In the Background
Corn Growing - Waiting for Warmer Weather