Or: The Shape of Things to Come
Seems that in my intent to 'let my gardens be', I've removed a whole lot of work from my garden chores list. Feels strange to have time to play outside & yet not have anything pressing that needs my attention. And I'm OK with that, even if I can see that this area would look a little bit better if I just did that, or that area really needs a bit more of that...
I'm trying to focus on what is really happening in my space & also taking the time to walk around the community to see what's happening in the wilds of the back roads.
I enjoy taking the time to find the critters & this one is a new one for me. I call it a 'bee' but there are quite a few varieties out here. It's not a mason bee nor a bumble bee. Could this be a honey bee??
My raspberries are finally starting to ripen. It's a bit of a game to actually find them as I pruned back this year's fruiting canes this spring to a manageable height & this year's new canes are towering over them by a few feet. At least the birds don't see them!!
Have to really look for the beans too. I unfortunately planted them in my potato bed, so they are being shadowed by the potato leaves & then in between the beans I had put little calendula seedlings, which are now rather large. This is one lush bed of green leaves... At least the beans look much better than last year's attempt - all those where stunted & the beans spiralled into crazy fish-hook shapes & really weren't fit to be eaten. I might have to dig up some more potatoes for dinner & think about transplanting the calendula to another flower bed.
Another one of those plants who's seeds were a gift & I've not yet figured out how it fits in my space. But it's good to see the deer are ignoring them & I do enjoy the contrast.
Back in the greenhouse, the peppers are still in recovery-mode from my attempt to rescue them from the aphid invasion. There is new growth both at the top & the bottom of the plants & many have put out a 2nd batch of flowers, which seem much more healthy than the first batch. I've also got quite a few peppers developing - some straight & long & some curved & crooked.
I finally got into action with the mulch & have put some grass clippings around the base of the plants to help with moisture retention. The leaf virus/bacteria/disease seems to have tapered off as well. Now - just to wait for the fruit to grow a bit & start to change colour - that's the exciting part & hope to catch some of the changes on my camera.
These on the right are one of my other cherry tomato varieties - either the early bush Taxi or the vine Moneymaker. Personally, I think they are vine tomatoes because these plants plus the pear tomatoes are growing well over 10 feet tall - and that's in a greenhouse that's barely 7 1/2 feet high.
I've had to do some serious leaf-removal as these lush, green monsters were shading themselves out & I also couldn't see how the plants were doing on the far side of the bed. I felt bad removing so much green matter, but I'm sure the tomatoes will appreciate the better air flow, more sun light & put that energy back into making tomatoes.
I think I need to go talk with them today & will bring along my twine & scissors as I'm sure there are vines that need tying or trimming. Maybe I fed them too much compost tea & that's why all the lush green-ness!!