So, this is the current state of my garden. I’m realizing in retrospect that I should have put the garden in a different spot in the yard. It was a nice, sunny spot when we dug it… but I failed to consider that the tree would have LEAVES on it in the spring/summer and now the garden is shaded for 60% of the day.
So, my current major concern are the squash plants. (At the bottom of this picture):
Do you see how small they are? I planted all three types of squash at the same time. The spaghetti squash (the one that gets the most sun), seems to be doing pretty well. In fact, here’s a female bloom… hoping it turns into a squash!
The zucchini leaves are pretty big, but I have had absolutely NO fruit on these two plants. So, I don’t know what to think. They’re about 5x the size of the yellow squash, which already beginning to show signs of little yellow squash. Which brings me to my next concern.
The yellow squash.
They’re TINY plants. I was in my Dad’s garden yesterday, and his squash, which he planted from seed AFTER I planted mine from seed are HUGE. Compared to mine they’re like Goliath to my Davids. I’m wondering if I should uproot mine, put them in a big container, and move them to a part of the yard that gets sun, because they just are not growing! Then we have this problem…
The baby squash are shriveling up and dying. Even though I tried to hand pollinate, it doesn’t look good for these two. *SIGH* Someone just tell me what to do!! I have heard how easy it is to grow squash and that they’re just massive producers. I’m still waiting.
Cucumbers are doing okay. Some grow, some don’t.
The green bean plants are doing okay too. Not great, but okay. I realized if I was ever going to get enough beans to cook at once for a meal, I was going to need a lot more bean plants, so I planted another dozen seeds… about half of them have come up so far.
Here’s one of two okra that are growing… I’m sure this one will never make it to a plate, because as soon as it’s large enough, my eldest will grab it up and eat it raw.
Last but not least, my compost pile. I’m told gardeners should have these. I’m working on mine for next year. It seems to be doing pretty good. (Photo by the cute blonde):
… I strung some old CDs up on a line above my tomato plants. I’ve had several blue jays and mocking birds pecking around on the ground out there, so I knew they were potential troublemakers for when my tomatoes started to ripen. So far, the CDs seems to have the desired result. I haven’t seen as many of the birds hanging around.