Sugar snap peas germinating into vines in less than a week. I’m looking forward to munching on these candy/veggies. Fun plant. I planted them under my deer fence so they have something to climb on without having to stake them. Veggie gardens should be filled to capacity with stuff you can pluck and eat without cooking. Go up to the garden after work hungry....leave full. No cooking, no dishes, no prep. Make a spot up in the garden to sit. I find that after the hard work is done, my garden is a place of incredible beauty and peace.
I saved the packages so I know who is who in the ground, not that it really matters, but if I like 'em a lot, I can plant the same thing next year. I'm a huge fan of seeds now- they pop up in less than a week, are available in all sorts of varieties, and extremely CHEAP!
Last week’s radish planting. My kid underestimated the importance of reading the seed package for planting info. There's a spot where the seeds were dumped in and clumped up in a huge mass. OOPS!
Last week we planted corn, it looks DAMN GOOD (even if it’s not that good for you, nutritionally). It is, though, fun to eat every now and then. Stalks are for fall decorations, so I don't have to buy them!
Do not bring stuff home unless you can plant it right away. Today I had to plant the rest of the tomatoes I brought home last week, dried out and shriveled-looking.
Food in hole!
Tomato plant deep into hole with food.
Finally in the ground. Seeds of chives planted in the empty ground between the tomato plants seven feet apart. Good use of space, compatible plants.
Corn dancing in the wind backlit by the warm afternoon sun. Cat always helps out when I’m toiling. Moral support!
Lastly, I had to put the more durable fence up. Ever heard a grown man swear at a little piece of plastic twine? Repeatedly? Bet not.
All four sides are done now. No deer. No rabbits. No vermin. Yea!
You gotta be smart about this. Think your projects through thoroughly before you start, otherwise your neighbors will hear you like mine did tonight!
David Benjamin- horticulture degree North Carolina State University graduated 1983, has worked at the nursery since 1976. Somewhat tired of eating grocery store food.