Garden Clean Up
Summer 2016 Challenge: Day 9
I snapped this photo last night of our vegetable garden right after it had been watered and weeded. You wouldn’t ever know it but we are going through a severe drought in this part of New York State. We make sure that our veggies (and other plants too) get plenty of water. Too bad our grass doesn’t get watered as much and looks like hay in some areas. 🙁
We have started harvesting some tomatoes, cucumbers, and green peppers already and it’s always so delicious to munch on them knowing that they came from our own garden. Looking at it now, you’d never believe what it looked like back in May! It was a disaster!
My childhood friend Eloise, told me that she wanted to vicariously garden through us this year, so that meant she needed to come over in the early Spring to get it ready. We even went out and bought big garden hats and it turned out to be a rather chilly and overcast day anyway. Oh well, we still wore our sun hats.
Last fall, we were kind of lazy and didn’t do much to the garden with the exception of taking out the dead plants. Needless to say, the garden was a mess and was going to take some serious cleaning up to get it ready.
Eloise was a big help and got right in there with pulling weeds, tilling the soil, and getting the beds ready for new plants. Shawn did help at times but he liked to sit on the corner of the fence and watch us work.
This was Eloise’s first time using a tiller and she did a better job than I did on my first try. I tend to stay away from that thing and let Michael do it but she did great!
After a good 4-5 hours worth of work, we had everything weeded, tilled, weed blocked, and mulched. All we were missing was plants and that would be a couple of weeks when the weather warmed up.
A couple of weeks later I planted all of our new plants: tomatoes (3 kinds), cucumbers, green peppers, and new strawberries (our previous plants were old and not producing as well as they had in the past, so we got new plants to replace them.) I planted these on May 23rd and look at what it looks like just about 2 months later.
The tomato plants are HUGE and are towering over the stands! The cucumbers aren’t doing as well as we had hoped but we have gotten some out of it. The strawberries are slow producing for their first year, so next year will be a bigger crop. The green peppers have provided us with quite a few already too. It’s great things are doing well this year since the past couple of summer’s haven’t brought us too much produce.