What a great time I had today. First, Sidney (and Stan) came over and we planted 4 tomato plants. That girl was in the zone as we worked. She was carefully inverting the potted plants, removing the plants from the plastic pot (with a little help), carefully cradling the fragile root ball while turning the plant upright, placing the plant in the hole, and gently packing only the "good" dirt around it. Both of us had a grand time.
Then Isabelle came by to help with watering. She patiently watered most of the garden, which takes much longer than you would imagine. As we watered, she noticed I was picking, washing (quickly rinsing) and snacking as we went. Kids don't have a good sense of what is "dirty" and what's not. It might be odd to them that you can eat something that is actually grown in dirt. Next, we got to really look at a spinach plant and saw its two clearly different types of leaves. We tasted each, looked at their thickness and noticed the first leaves were much smoother that the ones that follow. Isabelle preferred the taste of the bumpy surfaced ones.
The greens are vigorously growing to the point that we are getting behind in the harvest. The only thing we've managed to devour are the radishes. The greens feast will last only a few more weeks, so enjoy them while you can. We'll try for a fall crop in a few months.
All 42? pepper plants are in. We are close to planting all five rows of tomatoes. Summer squash and bush bean are planted. Most of the tomatillos are planted. Eggplants are in.
The next step is mulching, unless someone out there LIKES unending weeding and watering. And after that? Vacation! It's interesting that most people think that summer's the time for gardening work. Actually the Master Gardener's organization pauses over much of the summer. Early summer is the time to wait for the onslaught of tomatoes, beans, squash, etc. that comes a few weeks later.
Not that there is nothing to do.
We have to GET the mulch. I think the best way is to buy a few bales of straw. Then, we need to cage or stake about 100 plants - no kidding. Ed brought over some cages and stakes, but we are still short. So, if you have access to tomato cages, bring them over. We'll use them on our peppers - because the will get so big they will require tomato cages!
If you missed coming by the last couple of weeks, stop by. We've been having a good time. (from mid-Sunday afternoon on, no one will be home until late Monday)