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I'm starting a weekly updated garden journal to *brag* about what's been done in our home garden. Hopefully it will be bragging and not lamenting that we didn't have time for things! emoticon

As I said in the other post, the garden infrastructure is complete, so now we can focus on just getting the gardening done.

Planted:

Fish pepper transplant - it's a tiny little pepper that packs a HUGE punch. We grow them to dry and use as red pepper flakes. The little transplant got whacked by cutworms though! Still two leaves left so hopefully it will make it. emoticon

2 Amish paste and 2 roma tomatoes to either replace ones ripped apart during windstorms or to fill in at the end of rows now thatthey are the proper length

7 more zucchini to fill in where germination didn't occur. All germinated this time!

6 more Pride of Wisconsin cantaloupes - old seed, only 1 of 7 emerged on the first run so I planted 7 more and 3 have germinated so far.

4 ft of Provider green beans
2 ft of Royalty purple beans
(finishing off seed packets from previous years)

about 70 feet of double row of Golden Bantam corn! It's in a block at one end of the garden. Already have one up too! It's late for corn (about 2 weeks) but I didn't have anything else planned for that part of the garden. We'll see!

Other tasks:

Spread more wood mulch between the rows. We use heavy wood mulch for the walkways and lighter hay mulch for around the plants. The paths won't ever be tilled again - just the rows. So the wood mulch is 'permanent' (it decomposes slowly so does need to be replaced, but it doesn't get tilled in). Our soil has so much clay that the pathways turn to gumbo when it rains and makes things impossible to do out there.

Put in t-posts for cucumber trellis. ALMOST got the whole trellis up yesterday but Willa decided she wasn't going to cooperate!

Our hand watering hose BURST so we replaced that.

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Overview - you can see that the garden is till mostly "empty". Much of it is planted and the seedlings are too small to see or have yet to emerge. The first row is tomatillos and tomatoes - the first things we planted so the biggest in the garden. The bare area to the left on each of the rows is where all the corn is.
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The summer squash is already producing buds!!!
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The smaller tomatoes are setting fruit. This is a Wapsipinicon Peach (we call them Wapsies). It's about golf ball sized, maybe a bit bigger. Really fuzzy, yellowish orange when ripe and SWEET. Love them.
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Willa's war paint. After a messy breakfast of fried eggs (see yellow streaks on cheeks), we went out to the rain-soaked garden. Ah mud! She smeared her muddy fingers right across her forehead!
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So far everyone is loving the garden. Hubby was really afraid it was going to be too much work for us. But in the morning and evening, we are usually just entertaining Willa anyway, so this gives us an activity to focus on. Hopefully things continue to go smoothly when the new one arrives!

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Lovely pictures! Thank you. The Willa one made me laugh, she looks so proud! emoticon

All the best for your garden. I'm glad you got so much help putting it in, to take advantage of your soil conditions. It sure looks impressive.

May everything grow well! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Looking really good, Texas! LOVE the photo of a very happy, proud, Willa!

I hope you can get the cutworms under control before they really go some major damage! Too much work for it to go to waste!

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Good week in the garden!

Planted:

Not a lot! We are in the planting lull pretty much. Willa did help fill in the spots where okra had been lost to cutworms and the cucumbers that didn't germinate. She was very good at it. I handed her a single seed and she carefully dropped it in the little divot I made, then covered it up and patted the soil. She planted every seed and had a blast.

Other tasks:

As I mentioned in another post, we finally got the ]tomato trellising done. So far the system looks great.

We also got one section of cucumber trellis up. This weekend was a bit crazy with lack of sleep and the brunch so we opted to just put up enough for the part that was vining. We'll get the rest done this week!

FINALLY got the the Bt out for the cutworms after a week of rain!

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Cukes already enjoying their trellis!
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Lots of things are starting to bloom/fruit. This is the Black Hungarian pepper that the cutworms topped last week (you can see the 3 or 4 stems in the middle of the picture).
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And tomatillos!
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And purple beans!
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Oh! I never realized those are tomatillos! I just thought they were a kind of tomato. emoticon emoticon

Those plants look really good. It seems they love your garden.

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Firlefanz wrote:

Oh! I never realized those are tomatillos! I just thought they were a kind of tomato. emoticon emoticon



I'm still reading my 1960s Time Life Foods of the World Cookbooks (the ones I've done the meals from). In the Latin American one, they even call them "Mexican green tomatoes". It took me awhile to figure out what they were talking about! I figured they just meant unripe tomatoes...

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goodness, [sign in to see URL] are really looking good!!!!! They all look to be very happy and healthy plants! Nice goin!!!

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Not much to report this week. Between busy schedules and me not feeling up to it, very little was done in the garden!

On the other hand, the garden is in that state where not much needs to be done. All the planting is finished for a few weeks and nothing other than cucumbers is quite ready to harvest. So it's mostly just checking up on things. I weeded and just generally putzed around in there.

Check out the ,offset=20#post243325]first big haul of cukes though!

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That's a nice cuke haul! so far, about all we're getting is onions and a few radishes. We're so far behind on planting it's not funny. DH refuses to plant unless the signs are right, but it seems to rain on those days, so we're more behind than we've ever been. Once we actually get something worth getting a photo of, I'll get pics and post them.

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