We had a productive day. We planted:
- Delicata squash
- Patty pan squash
- Sweet Success cucumber
- Parisienne de Bourbonne cucumber
- Zagross cucumber
- Futsu Black winter squash
- Royal Burgundy Bush Bean
- Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean
- Gold of Bacau Pole Bean
- French Fingerling potato
- Costata Romanesca zucchini
- Zinnia starts
- Lettuce starts
Once we planted, we mulched where we could with straw to keep the weeds down. Considering the rain, it is taking a risk with the slugs, but I hope we can stay on top of the slug damage, and I know the weeds will be rampant. The garden went from
scraggly weed patch
to newspapers gone awry
to nascent vegetable garden.
The blue cups are a slug prevention experiment. We planted the Royal Burgundy bush beans in plastic party cups with the bottoms cut off, leaving a sharp edge. The front row is planted with beans at the same spacing, but no cups, we’ll see whether the cups help the beans fight off the inevitable slug attack. The milk jug hot caps are covering cucumbers and delicata squash.
More squash at the back of these squares planted with squashes both summer and winter, and some pumpkins. Volunteer sunflowers and calendula were left in place where possible.
The zucchini is planted in the center where the newspapers were. That row of lettuce on the left will be eaten (I hope) before the zucchini overruns it. The large plant at the close end of the lettuce row is lovage, recently cut back.
We set out the tomatoes and some basil, cilantro and other herbs last week sometime (when wasn’t it raining?); they don’t look too impressed with the weather since they left the warm confines of the hoop house. The largest plants here are volunteer calendula seedlings.
Pole beans went int the corners, and on the end of this row, next to the leeks. These are zinnia and batchelor buttons in front of the beans. The white things are milk jugs, cut into sleeves as slug prevention. Damn slugs. At least mine don’t get as big as Danni’s (scroll down). Eeeeew!
So now we just have to hope all my seeds don’t rot with all the rain yesterday and cool temps forecast for the next few days. Sigh. Apparently, warmer weather arrives on Tuesday.
Special thanks to Dan for climbing up on the stepladder to produce aerial photos of the garden :-)