|The first of the greenhouse cucumbers.|
|The squash plants covered to keep the vine borers out.|
|The cotton crop is moving along.|
|The beans are finally climbing and note the purslane!|
|The tomatoes are always mulched - important for happy plants.|
|This is the whole patch - can't wait for that first fruit.|
|The Black fig has a nice crop set.|
|The Goldfinches love the seed heads of Bachelor Buttons.|
We have had some nice rain in the last week and the garden has responded well. Unfortunately so have the purslane seeds - dormant weed seeds are amazing things. I have hoed the garden twice and still new seedlings appear some places really thick. Purslane is my most dominate weed and its all because many years ago I accidently brought the seed home from another garden and it has survived annually for over twenty years.
Last week I had to cover the squash plants because I saw Squash Vine Borer adults on the wing around my plants - I had noticed the Chicory blooming already on the roadside so I expected them to be out but I do think they are way early. I used some spun polyester cloth I had and covered them. I also covered my Alpine strawberries because a pair of robins has discovered what white strawberries are - too bad for me!
The tomatoes were ready to be strung up so I got that job done too. The plants had grown in nicely and they are ready to begin training. My wife helped by cutting all the strings to length and I kept busy tying plants up. We were done in less than two hours - that's 75 plants!
Most of the apple bags that were going to drop have and I guess I had easily over 100 bags of the 800 drop and there may a few be more - but we still have a nice fruit set for this season. My only concern is these 90-plus degree days may result in some sun scald. I had watered the trees once because of the lack of rain but the last week we got nice amounts so I think the trees and fruits will be fine.
I am having some problems with this new posting system and still have not figured out the picture order - but I will keep working so the pictures get in the order that I want them so that they follow the text. Oh well...