The corn was knocked over flat to the ground, twisted in a circle! We had flash flooding Friday night and Saturday afternoon I was greeted by this disaster. It appears that the heavy rain exposed the roots and the wind knocked them over and a domino effect ensued.
I did my best to stand them back up using bamboo stakes and string. I also packed more dirt around the roots so that hopefully it won’t happen again.
Dill, Broccoli and Marigolds
The dill isn’t as tall or large as last year. Perhaps it’s a different kind this year. It’s been flowering so hopefully those heads will turn to seed in the next week for pickling some cucumbers. In the background you can see the tall sunflowers next to the corn.
His was taken almost a week ago and many more have toppled over and turned yellow. After the thunderstorms pass and the ground has had a chande to dry out a few days I will harvest these as well. Just in time for pickling season.
These have been flowering over the last week. There are a few cucumbers about three inches long now so I will be doing some pickling this coming week! Having my own garlic, onion and dill to use will be very satisfying.
These have recovered very well from the rabbit attack last month. I still have not tightened up the fence and actually chased one out of the garden a few days ago.
These are growing really tall – I believe the largest to stand eight feet tall. I have seen a few bees on them so I think they are serving their purpose well.
The very first tassel has been spotted! I plan to try adding fertilizer this week. I haven’t done so in the past but it ought to provide a better harvest. Who knows, maybe it’ll get me a second ear this time.
74 bulbs of garlic have been harvested. I pulled them out a few days ago and let the dirt out in the sun so that I could break it off of the roots more easily.
Almost everything is in now. I believe I am just missing zucchini and carrots but the latter may never get planted this year as it is a lot of work to mound up some soft soil for them to grow in.
This is our first picking of the season. More than enough to gift some to the neighbors and in laws for weekend snacks.
Broccoli, Dill and Marigolds
I do believe that the marigolds and doll are helping to keep the cabbage worms away. The broccoli started to take off this past week. A few plants have a small head of florets beginning to develop.
Kennebec on the left, red Pontiac on the right.
These onions sure grew big over the last few weeks. Even the outter rows have taken off.
I imagine that I am only a few weeks away from seeing these garlic plants start to wither and dry out.
These are not bush watermelon so the vines are going to grow quite long. It will be a challenge to keep them contained.
The cucumbers will hopefully survive this year. Last year they ideas from either a disease or pests. I tried using a trellis last year but it didn’t pan out well because these are a short vined bush variety. Let’s hope for better luck this year so that I can make a ton of refrigerator dill pickles.
Corn and Sunflowers
The corn is starting to grow nicely. The first sunflowers I transplanted are really taking off too.
The cherry tomatoes are growing much better than the better boy tomatoes. They are the two larger ones in front.
I watched a rabbit find its way into the garden a few days ago. He jumped up and through the top rows of large squares in the rabbit guard fence, in an area where the deer fence was loose on the rabbit guard fence. I will have to tighten up the fence. The next day though I saw that it’s too late! The rabbit has attacked the soybeans!
Not a whole lot had changed since the last post until this weekend. I planted soybeans around the 20th and they are now growing well. I also transplanted watermelon, sunflowers and tomatoes that week. This weekend I also planted corn and I think that the only thing left is cucumbers. I have been adding lots of grass clippings as mulch so that more organic matter gets added to the soil.
The peas have probably tripled in height over the last two weeks. As you can see, they are starting to flower and soon we will be snacking and crunching sugar snaps.
Before planting the corn seeds I soaked them in water for a few hours to speed up the germination. I also tilled a batch of compost into the soil before creating four raised rows. I added compost and garden soil from Lowe’s to each row.
These are growing well but are starting to show signs of some pest eating away at the leaves. I will have to look into this and treat for the pest.
These were all started indoors and transplanted about two weeks ago.
The onions are growing nicely in the center however the outside rows and not as large. I assume the outside rows accessed less of the fertilizer i has applied between the rows.
Broccoli, Dill and Marigolds
I planted some of these marigolds directly into the garden and others I started indoors and transplanted (those are the ones blooming). The dill is slowly growing but the broccoli has double in size in the last week.
Red pontiac on the left, kennebec on the right. I have been added soil and compost as they grow and I am close to the top of the trenches.
Slow to start, its really starting to shape up now.
One 10′ row of corn stalks was just enough to decorate our lamp post and doorway.
The unbundled pile of corn stalks seemed quite large when placed on top of our cart.
Finally, I have a late addition to the “garden flowers” segment from a few months ago: carrots!