Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Garden Tuesday

Well, we had 4 days of sunshine and temperatures approaching 80 on 2 of those days. Let me check my calendar again and see if it's July or May. Rain Saturday, Sun and cooler Sunday, rain due all week. Even the real farmers are griping!

So I snuck outside between thunderstorms for these pictures.

The lettuce plants keep standing up straight, and I keep cutting the leaves from the bottom, and they're growing like nobody's business. Christo, thanks for the suggestion. I'm using it on my red leaf lettuce, too. There are a lot of salads in my house of late.

I swear my spinach grew 6" with the sunshine, but the leaves still seem small. I'm thinking of cutting some if the rain ever stops, and seeing what happens.

And look at these pretty onion flowers! I didn't know onions flowered. That does not mean I'll be growing them from seed next year. My local Agway has nice onion sets, thank you, and I like supporting the Miller family descendants by buying from them. (Yes, my Agway is in a nice old barn with nice old worn floorboards, and as far as I know, descendants of the brothers who started it a zillion years ago still run the place.)

And I have my first zucchini flowers! I put these in one of my tomato supports, and forced the leaves to grow upward, instead of out in a vine, and it looks like I'm getting a zucchini bush instead of a plant crawling all over my yard.

This is my first square foot garden, and I really like it. No weeding, minimal fuss, lots of fresh veggies right outside my door. How much better can life be?

10 comments:

Channon said...

Pretty. We're dodging downpours too, but it's been dry since about six AM thus far...

imjacobsmom said...

Your garden looks impressive! I only have a few different tomato varieties and pepper varieties going this year, as well as a few herbs in pots. Okay and a few pole beans, too. I actually have one tomato and a few hot peppers. But I do have a lot of blossoms. ~ Robyn

Lynda said...

We've had lots of rain last night and today, which we need here. I love your idea about the squash plants- unfortunely, my plants are having a fungus problem this year and are dying. Sigh~

prairierunner said...

I'd like to try growing my vines "in a box" and train them upwards. I just might now that I've seen what you've done!

Sue said...

It looks wonderful and fresh veggies taste so good.

Pam said...

Your garden is looking GREAT! You are so lucky to have fresh veggies right outside your door.

noble pig said...

It doesn't get better. Next year, raised beds for me. And deer fencing.

gaylen said...

Your garden looks fabulous. I've finally got more lettuce than we can use. But we've have the weather to grow veggies lately.

Window guys are here - time to open up the house :) g

TavoLini said...

I've never used that system of gardening, but everyone I've talked to has had a lot of success with it. Garden looks great--are you going to fry any of the squash blossoms?

Pam said...

Look at that lettuce! That is amazing!