In the garden with David P. Offutt - The Gastronomic Gardener
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Of Radishes and Tomato supports
A quick pop over to the vegetable plot gives us a few things.
First the 5+ inches of rain this month have the garden growing madly!
Second, need to be much more active in thinning some crops, notably the radish as we pulled the last of the crop, but a great deal more never matured. The "french style" radish seemed to do better so we'll put in seeds for them again and try for a second crop.
Same basic story with the beets, except they never matured. I can only hypothesize they are too crowded or the soil too rocky or both. There are some still in the ground so maybe there is still a chance. As I said when I began the vegetable garden it is a learning experience. Better to make mistakes now than when I am depending on the garden for a large portion of my produce.
The reason for the visit was to stake the tomatoes. The little round cages are too expensive and we have too many plants for that to be practical. So I figured we could use 4x8 sheets of concrete wire. The way we planted, the plants are offset I hoped we could run one down the middle and the plants could be staked to it.
For the most part it worked just fine.
Not a very good picture. but maybe you get the idea.
The bush beans are in full bloom and the peas are beginning to fruit out. I don't think the peas will do so much other than to provide a snack while in the garden but the bush beans should give a big harvest. Maybe even enough to freeze or can.
As a parting shot, the pumpkins and squash in the back.
As mobility and time permit, this week should see more maintenance of the veggie plot, it was getting out of hand.
David P. Offutt - The Gastronomic Gardener