Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Vegatable Garden and Other Stuff

Summer has arrived - but the calender says it is still spring. Saturday was hot as I headed to the vegatable garden and could only work for an hour before giving it up. I needed to loosen the dirt around the veggies and pull it in around the bottom of the stem. This is hard work as I try to remove as much grass as I can between the rows and around the plants. The veggies are growing and beginning to produce.

The garden was planted around the 27th of March and that is when this was taken. The squash and jalapeno was planted first. Enlarge the photo to see the babies just planted.

Before photo.
This was taken on Sunday after pulling the dirt around the plants. Back breaking work but oh so rewarding. I love my gardening.

Now photo.
Sunday afternoon it began to rain and continued into yesterday. Very heavy rain between midnight and 8:30 (I was late for work). We received around 10". It beat my plants up pretty bad.

This is a white squash that received some damage. It is laying on the ground. Many were found lying on the ground this morning.

This is the snap beans. They are doing very well. Not much damage to these babies. Snap beans cooked with a few red potatos and some cooked bacon and drippings. Ummm. Oh and don't forget the cornbread.

The squash are producing. I will have squash in 6-8 days. I like them small - as they are more tender.

Slice squash and add some green onion, salt and pepper, simmered and kinda mash a little and add butter. It is off the chain.

Some squash with some rain damage.

Tomato plants are fine. Gotta get some baskets around them. They have begun to flower.

The Chicken Coop. Along this fence is where I plan to erect a coop. The brush on the right and the left have to be cut back a lot. I really want the stuff cut down altogether - but that will come down the road. I feel like this area will be a good spot as it will back up to the wood fence and is fairly close to the house. Critters from the woods would have to cross over the yard to get to them as the coop is on the opposite side of the property.

This will be my next flower garden project. Plants are on their way from Springhill Nursery and I have some other stuff to plant so I'll be needing this one soon.

I will open up the end facing the house and curve it to the porch. I will create a walk area where the tar paper is laying and fill it with pavers and small rock or sand. Doing this will enhance the front yard area nicely.

That's it for today. Hope everyone has a terrific day and Happy Gardening... Becca


gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

It looks great there! I was getting hungry reading about the squash. I love squash and with bacon drippings that sounds even better. How fun to have a chicken coop. I can't wait to see how that looks!

Dirt Princess said...

Everything is really coming along. I hate that the rain damaged your plants...that is terrible. I can't believe how fast everything is growing!

Star said...

Your garden shows a lot of promise. I hope the plants soon recover from the rain storm. I think the squashes should be ok, shouldn't they. I'll be dropping by to see how they're getting on. Thanks for showing us your endeavours.
Blessings, Star

Joanne said...

It's all greening up with your rain and everything looks good.

Prospero said...

My tomatoes are about the same as yours (except it isn't raining here) and your squash is way ahead of mine. Everything look good and green.

TheWritersPorch said...

Hey Becca, that little sister of Katrina's came through here at 75 miles an hour and dumped 5 inches! Wow! I can't imagine getting double that! Everything looks good. Thought about you when we went to Mobile!

Darla said...

You have a lot going on around your place. It all looks great. Fried squash with onions, bacon, salt and pepper is how I like it!!

Ginger said...

Your veggies are so far along!! My green beans will be ready to harvest soon, but everything else is at least a month away. That's what I get for starting my seeds late!
Hope you're free of the bad weather now.

Prairie Chicken... said...

I'm jealous of your squash!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Everything looks really good despite the rain damage. Eating squash and beans already.. way to go! :)