I had some time alone this morning, so I built up a new garden bed in the backyard- my husband pulled some nasty old bushes out for me a few weeks ago in one of the few sunny spots in the backyard.
Four tomatoes, four basil (under the “hot caps”), and one ground cherry in the middle (also under a hot cap). Yes my hot caps are a little…what’s the word…trashy. But hey, they were cheap and plentiful. (By the by- I have seven more of these rinky tomato cages, and then I’m at loose ends. What’s your favorite, inexpensive, way to cage tomatoes? Besides those wonderful $15 square cages? Because I’m thinking that 10 or 15 of those cages just isn’t going to happen this year.)
We’ve been having a lot of warmth, cold, sunshine, and torrential rain. Yes, all in the same day most days.
As a result, my back garden box has exploded with seedlings, most of them not mine. Time to weed, you think? (This picture is SO EMBARRASSING.)
Speaking of weeding, I finally got around to hoeing out the weeds under the deck and along the side fence. (aka “our new front entry”) How’d I do?
Oh, and my poor spinach never even had a chance. (WAS this spinach? I’m fairly certain that’s what I planted there, but this looks like no spinach I’ve ever seen- I better check that seed packet. Might have been mustard spinach.)
Lots of tomatoes to plant out, lots of basil. I’m getting nervous- the basil especially are chafing at their wet roots in these drainage-free cups, and it’s probably another solid week until my front beds are ready. I think there’s a patch of sunny dirt in the front yard that I can stick a load of these in.
Potatoes are chugging along. The purple potatoes have already reached the top of their can! I’ll wait a few more days for all the shoots to grow out, add one more load of dirt, then just let it be till September.
The yukons have sprouted- whew. Always a little scary waiting for those first sprouts to pop out. They have some catching up to do, but if we have a mild Fall they should be fine. (You watch- THIS is the year that I will be in charge of mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving, and I will GROW THEM MYSELF. Woohoo!)
Potted cilantro, chard, and carrots are all doing well. As in, they’ve managed to sprout. Total win in my book. Took a while for the cilantro- I really hope those seedlings ARE cilantro. Always a bummer to tend and care…and realize you’re cultivating weeds.