Vegetable garden after the rain.

The last few days have been fairly warm, and so we have been trying to decide if we should water or not water. James tilled the large spaces with the tractor tiller and the narrow rows with the walk behind. We grabbed the hoe and did what we could on the rest of the areas. I also took the time to clean up the fence line where the peas are growing. So, on Saturday night it rained a little over 2 inches. Here is what the garden looked like today after lunch.

The extra plot where the pumpkins, cantaloupe and gourds are planted this year.
The extra plot where the pumpkins, cantaloupe and gourds are planted this year.

I am afraid this plot will have more Russian thistle and creeping jenny as we call it than anything else. We can see that two areas are growing. We think those are pumpkins. Sadly, I don’t remember which was planted where. I believe the gourds were put in the middle, but am not really sure anymore. Last year we took a good amount of potatoes from this plot.

The north edge.
The north edge.

This is normally where we enter the garden. This fence, which is blocking its own view, is where the peas are planted. The four plants in the front area are the zucchini. The rows leading to the east are two each of zinnias and beans. The cans in the front are the peppers and those in the back behind the short fence are tomatoes.

From the southwest corner.
From the southwest corner.

Here is a better view of the peppers. The plants at the bottom of the picture are yellow squash. The box is a semi-raised bed that was planted with carrots, beets and red cabbage, but so far this area is the big disappointment of the garden. Nothing is coming. Oh yes, the peppers are surrounded by onions.

From the south looking west.
From the south looking west.

I am standing outside of the fence in the area where the dill is trying to take over the grass. The dried grass is between the first two rows of tomatoes. These are the heirloom and the giant beefsteak. I started with four rows of 10 tomatoes. I had left a large space between rows two and three, but we added six tomatoes to that area yesterday. We picked up four more of the re-bar tomato cages from Colin today. They are the best for holding the big plants. The area right in the front here was some of what James tilled up today. It has been growing dill in the past, but I decided to add all of the cosmos seeds that I have left to this area. Hope they grow.

The east side
The east side

This is the back of the garden. It seems that the dill has moved itself to this area. The potatoes seem to be doing pretty well. Can you imagine that they came up and were frozen off twice this spring before this batch came back. I guess it was a good idea to put four potatoes into each hill. I had laughed at James for doing it. James has done a bit of moving on this fence. We may be moving it a bit more at the end of the season as we have been told we are too close to the dike which boarders the yard. Oh well, live and learn.

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