Too wet to do any real work this weekend other than mulching. I need to get in there and weed, however. I just had too many irons in the fire already.
Onions on the left, then cabbage and beets.
Cabbage, romaine, strawberries and beets in amongst the weeds and doing just grand, actually. English peas on the right with the T-posts driven in the ground to trellis them.
Five rows of corn that are doing very well.
The cucumber patch. Only one hill in this entire patch didn't produce any plants. We should have plenty of pickles this year again, if dad's back doesn't give out.
Tomatoes and peppers. I put out three yards of cedar mulch this weekend, and dad put cages on the heirloom varieties we planted last week. This is before all that, and I don't think I have a decent picture of this area after the work.
Blackeyed peas and half a row of heirloom tomatoes at the other end on the right that you cannot see in this picture.
Cantaloupes on the left. The little plants sprouting up to the right of them are Hattie beans, an heirloom variety of green beans that some guy sent to dad for us to plant and send back half the crop in seed. They're doing very well. To the right of that is a row of cardoons that Cody planted for dad. To the right of that is the watermelon and pumpkin patch, which is larger than in the past. There's nothing coming through the ground in this picture that I took on Friday. On Sunday there were plants coming up everywhere.
This is the north end of the tomato and pepper patch. Those plants in the middle are dill, sage and fennel. This is also before the mulching.
Dinner was Pork chops, sauerkraut and corn from last year's garden that dad had put up for me.
The garden has really become overgrown with Johnson grass and Bermuda, but it's putting out like crazy. I made a big crock of sauerkraut this past weekend, and dad canned about fifty jars of beet pickles. Cody and I pulled most of the Johnson grass out of the cabbage and beet rows on Saturday.
The English peas are buried in weeds, but I think they'll still make. I need to go in next weekend and clean all that out.
The spinach is done. I'll mow and till that if it's dry enough.
The corn is another story. It's about to make ears, and it's lookin pretty good.
The cucumbers are starting to run, and we've kept them fairly well weeded. I'll have them mulched next weekend, though we've done about a fifth of the patch with cedar mulch already. I threw the beet tops dad had cut on the front end of the patch for mulch/compost.
You can really tell the difference in where we've mulched. I wish I had a better source for cedar mulch, and I may have a lead on one out in Palo Pinto county where they sell cedar posts. I'm currently gettin it in Aledo for $32/cubic yard.
The tomatoes and peppers are doing outstanding.
Blackeyed peas and some heirloom tomatoes.
I'll have to weed and mulch the cantaloupe patch next weekend as well.
The heirloom Hattie beans that guy sent dad are doing well.
I have to do it in small doses. That's one reason I decided to use mulch this year. I get out there on weekends only, so I have to decide what gets done every weekend and just leave the rest. I need to mow the entire place as well, so that it doesn't end up all looking like the English peas in the garden. It takes a day and a half to do that, but I normally just mow the trees in front of the house to keep it where dad can walk in it. I figure I can weed and mulch a good deal this coming weekend if I don't end up mowing instead. Everything makes regardless of the Johnson grass; it's just prettier and easier to work with without it.
Dad fell outta bed Saturday morning and landed on his head on the floor and was out of it for a good part of the morning, so that ate up some time before I felt good about leaving him alone in the house. He's fine, but he was loopy for a good bit and has a knot on his head. I got him up and canning beets by the afternoon, and aside from being sore all over and not being able to turn his head, he's ship-shape.
The house really does need painting desperately. I don't take as many pictures lately, simply because there's too much to do. That, and I figure everyone has seen enough of my gardens that you pretty much get the idea by now what they look like.