Now that I’m back working in cubicle-land, I make little lists of what I want to accomplish that evening. If I was realistic, my lists would read: 1. eat dinner, 2. read a book in the yard while Trigger runs around.
(those contraptions in the picture? they may look kind of silly, but since our honeydew & watermelons are growing through the chicken-wire fence around our garden, Carl made little slings out of cheesecloth on Saturday to support the weight and keep them from breaking off of the vines. let’s hope it works!)
Turns out our garden is a little bit of a jungle. There are tomato plants that are taller than me (that’s over five and a half feet tall). There are areas we can’t get to except by climbing in.
There’s a vine climbing all over everything and through the fence (which is there to keep the dog out of the garden). And speaking of that vine – first we thought it was a green squash, then we thought it was butternut (since we picked a couple from that vicinity) but now we’re pretty sure it’s cantaloupe.
It’s all still a mystery though to know what we’ll be able to nurture to the point of harvesting, but it’s pretty fun to go out everyday and see what’s grown up where. We still haven’t gotten any blueberries before the birds have plucked them away – that’ll probably get better in future years as the bushes fill out more and we’ll cover them with netting then too. I was reading in July’s Martha Stewart the feature about planting containers – the gardener who planted the NC example said that in July it takes watering three times a day! Hopefully we get some rain soon because I can make it out there each evening, but I don’t think our water bill could handle three times a day.
Other years I’ve had the attitude that anything in my landscaping that needed watering wasn’t hardy enough for this environment, but it’s been funny to see what a little water can do in bringing “dead” gardenia bushes back to life since I’m out there watering the new growth anyway.
In other news, we found out we’re having a boy!
Carl’s small amount of free time this spring and summer has gone into planting and maintaining a garden. Lots of things have been grown from seeds, and now we’re at the fun part of seeing recognizable things appear. These were taken a few weeks ago, but we both enjoy coming home each day (ok, for Carl it’s night and he’s out there with his headlamp) and seeing the new growth and changes. Anything that we’d want to take with us if we move is in a big pot, and everything else is in our crazy chicken wire of a garden plot. Hopefully we’ll get some blueberries that the birds don’t steal from us, we’ll water enough for the watermelons to grow nice and big, and catch the tomatoes and squash that are taking over the space at just the right time. We picked some basil for veggie soup over the weekend for our first taste.