Crimson Red Watermelon.|
All my transplants are taking root (new perky leaves)
but none have started to take off and grow grow grow yet
It was a bit discouraging at the beginning, about 2 weeks ago.
|first look at my garden plot: full grown weeds|
I got the call to come get my garden well into June. I thought the plans for the garden had fallen through but what happened was that the farmer who tills our soil is a double amputee and he broke one of his prosthetic legs and/or his tilling equipment was on the fritz. Whatever the story, the garden was untilled when I got it. Bad. And the soil is... yep, clay.
|clay soil as it came off my shovel|
Heavy clay. And it's been pretty dry so the clay is really tough to dig into and the weeds are HUGE.
|Sparkler Radishes germinated in 2 days|
I was presented with a lot of this kind of thing today See image above... lots of these guys everywhere I planted stuff.
And in my northern climate I am trying a few experimental things. I am growing tomatoes directly seeded into the ground. I am waiting for them to germinate unless they already have (see paragraph above). The tomatoes I am trying are called Cosmonaut Volkov, a Ukrainian variety said to produce until the frost. Also directly seeded at Chinese 5 Colour Hot Pepper and Hungarian Hot Black Pepper. I think the 5 Colour Peppers are up. I don't think the Hungarian Black Pepper is.
|inside Richter's Herbs greenhouse|
My Muncher Cucumbers are up! 4 little guys are enjoying the sun.
Not seen yet: dill, yellow patty pan squash, Minnesota midget cantaloupe, shallots, and potatoes.
|Black Valentine Bush Bean|
|Carrots? Parsnips? Peppers? Tomatoes? Eggpplant? Lettuce? or just weeds?? Everything just looks like this right now.|
Tomorrow I am hoeing, trying to stymie the growth of the weeds. I may dig. I may not. I'd love to smother with black plastic the aisles where I walk to get rid of the weeds but it's not my permanent garden. If it was, I would definitely do that. I don't mind fighting the weeds. The whole thing is such a pleasure.
One more thing, this community garden requires us to grow a row for the local seniors. I've got 5 brussel sprouts and 4 cauliflowers and 1 broccoli planted for this purpose. These are all things I've never grown and probably wouldn't grow so I get the joy of watching them all season too.
This garden satisfies me in the same place that making art does.
|weeds in pavement|
It is just pure joy.