I’m going to be companion planting, in particular to help with pests and pollination as well. Between my tomatoes are going to be marigolds, between my peppers/jalapenos will be a mix of basil and lettuce or spinach, more marigolds by my cucumbers, and the rest of that bed are onions and garlic (I’m growing a bunch). I’m going to be growing fennel in their own planters since they dont do well with others, and I currently have lettuce and other herbs in containers. I’ve got pumpkins, watermelons, and blueberry bushes in other beds - I plan to do broccoli later in the season when temps cool off. Still learning (and growing!) when it comes to gardening!
Garden update: put in some new stakes and waiting for my cucumber trellis to arrive. Tomatoes are getting taller and sprawling more leaves, cucumber leaves are getting bigger, and peppers (sweet mix and jalapenos) are slowly but surely doing their thing.
We watered Plot 420 today. All the plants are doing well so far. We planted some more okra & purple hull peas since we had the space:
That mote of light on the horizon is something on the camera lens:
Ok the birds had their chance. I harvested the last of the flaxseeds today. I left them for the birds but I think the birds are busy eating something else because they were leaving them alone. I also wanted the space to put a few other new plants.
Each of those seed pods contains about 6 to 8 seeds and there’s a ton of them. I read it’s best to roast them a little before eating them so I think I’ll save some seeds for next year and I’ll try eating the rest myself.
So I did step in some angry red ants and my palms are incredibly blistered from trying to use the hoe instead of waiting for my fiancé to till up the area, but I’ve got 8 new potato plants in the ground near the tomatoes :)
We went out to Plot 420 & did some watering:
Wild turkeys. Sorry for the quality of the photo … this is as close as they’d let me get. When I moved closer, they went into the woods:
There were also quite a few Mississippi Kites patrolling the skies:
The backyard oasis:
Fly on the annual ryegrass:
Spider web complete with aphid corpses:
Hoverfly on the wing visiting our parsley blossoms:
A piece of blue salvia broke off when I was transplanting earlier in the Spring so I put it in a pot to see if I could get it to root. It did and we just transplanted it into its new home:
The watermelon plants are breaking ground in the backyard garden:
There are always saplings to be pulled:
Lacewing larva with aphid in its jaws:
An aphid on my arms:
First tomato of the year!
Let us talk to you about our lettuce 🌿🥬🌿
05/27/20: I’ve planted some squash plants for this summer. What kind? ….I don’t know 😅 I planted two kinds of seeds and walked away.
There are two plants in this bed but the one on the left is out performing the one on the right. I planted them on the same day but what a difference!
They both started to put some flowers. I can’t wait to see what I end up with!
The first tomato of 2020 in the backyard garden is a Lemon Boy:
Crab spider watching for prey on our butterfly bush:
Asian Lady Beetles:
This one has its work cut out for it … look at all those aphids on that hairy vetch pod: