Friday, June 20, 2008

"Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy." -- Astrid Alauda

Beefmaster tomato plants, week 4

cucumber plant, week 4

And just the other day I was giving Sara a hard time because she had baby tomatoes and I didn't. Now I have some, too! (Well, two.)

Okay, garden people. How will I know when this guy is ready to be picked?

The ginormous cucumber plant is flowering!

huge (and pretty) zucchini leaf

keeping an eye on things, as always

Saturday, June 7, 2008

This is either madness or brilliance

The garden seems to be doing pretty well, other than the ridiculously persistent Bermuda grass that just keeps coming back. I chopped a bunch of it out with a hoe last week:

It was ridiculously hot, hard work (for me, anyway), and a week later, you couldn't even tell that I'd done anything.

I really don't have the time or the inclination to hoe out the garden every few days, but if I don't do something, the grass is going to take over and choke out my vegetables.

I read somewhere online that a good trick for keeping the grass from coming back after the winter is to cover the garden plot with newspaper and wet it down every day until it freezes over. I figured it was worth a try as mulch for the time being, too. I have no idea if there's any chance of it working. I'm either going to save myself a lot of work down the line, or I wasted half a day staking newspapers to the ground with sticks.

Since we're still beta testing, I only did a strip along the front. We'll see how it goes!

cucumber & zucchini, week 2

zucchini, week 3

bell pepper, week 2

row of peppers, week 3

Big Boy tomato plant, week 3

Beefmaster tomato, week 3

row of tomato plants, week 3

baby pepper!