I don’t know how we could have missed the obvious! In my blog last week, I showed a picture of the bush beans that we thought were pole beans, and cucumbers in need of trellising. The plan was to build a support structure with the existing pole and the cucumbers could climb.
Silly me, making more work than necessary.
We saw the solution when we looked at the blog and picture together. Move the ladder!
pulled out broke the pole, moved the ladder, tied the cucumbers gently to it with twine, and DONE.
The cucumbers in the backyard are a different story.
The little leaf pickling hybrid in the front is growing in all directions. The straight 8 in the back has just begun stretching out and reaching for anything near it. The plan is to build a 3 bamboo trellis, like for beans, and use twine to help give the cucumbers space to climb. We may need to add wood or bamboo cross bars, as we also want our delicata squash to climb up it. (By the way, I’m not sure I like the look of leaves as mulch. We’re continuing to build our lasagna garden on top of the plants, and will add grass clippings next. And we’ll water with compost and worm tea, once we make those.)
Here’s the delicata squash. Probably one of my favorite plants in the backyard because of it’s silvery textured leaves. I’m pretty sure the plant is healthy and supposed to look this way. It’s just started flowering, although still all male flowers. This plant is grown from seeds from Johnny’s. I must admit, I love looking through the Johnny’s catalogue, but I wish they had more heirlooms rather than hybrids. For now, we’ll use the seeds we have, and save the heirloom seeds we’re growing. (We have so many seeds, that we won’t have to purchase summer veggies for a few years.)
All the squash are starting to perk up, in fact.
The acorn squash (back left) and red kuri (back right) are taking off. In the squash bed (future home of David’s magnificent A-frame structure) we are growing: (back row, left to right) marigold, thai basil, Kazakh melon, sweet granite melon, charentais melon, Malali watermelon. Front row, left to right: Pinnacle spaghetti squash, buttercup, sweet dumpling, sugar baby water melon. I can’t believe we fit them all (so far). I found one more watermelon package we didn’t plant and may try to squeeze in another plant on the outside edge.
We decided to put a few plants in yesterday that will grow under the A-frame. They are against the wall, and short rows right now. We planted Purple Haze carrots, Parisienne carrots and watermelon radishes.
Hiding behind the Acorn and Red Kuri squash plants, are the summer squashes. Our pattypan has it’s first squash about to flower. I love the shape of the buds!
The Red Kuri has as few squash coming along. This little baby has a long way to grow.
The okra, tucked in behind the apricot tree is taking off. We noticed it has buds starting to form. So soon.
We’ve been waiting for the borage to open up, and today we got our first flower! We plan to eat these, but this first flower gets to stay and attract bees. We’ve been watching bees come and go to the squash blossoms for the past few days. Each time we see a bee, we cheer it on! It’s impressive that even living in an urban area, next to the freeway, we have honeybees come to pollinate our flowers.
The pink flowers on the plant I massively pruned have finally opened! I’ll post a picture of the whole plant once it fills in.
The front yard has huge flowering herb plants right now.
Rosie took a while to understand what I wanted, but here she is posing with our cilantro plant. This one self seeded, and our plan is to harvest coriander and hope it will self seed. The bulbs behind it will be thinned shortly, making space for more herbs and flowers.
Today we plan to fertilize everything, harvest lettuce and make radish pickles with the watermelon radishes I harvested yesterday. This morning I did a little research about using radish greens and would love suggestions if anyone has them!