Our Garden, Part 6

An update on the Victory Garden. No pictures this time, because I wasn’t happy with any of them. Instead, you get an alphabetical list:

Acorn squash: Only one of the seeds I planted of these has sprouted. I’d like to plant some more but I’m afraid it’s getting a bit late. Also, I don’t know where I’d plant them outside yet. Should I nurture the one or should I plant a couple more?

Apples: All of the blossoms are gone, replaced now by little red and green buds. Lots and lots of them. I am so excited to be able to harvest an apple tree in autumn. Even better — I don’t have to do anything to take care of it.

Basil: These little guys don’t seem to be growing. I have them in the green house. Do they just take a really long time? Are they too warm? Too much/too little watering? The experiment continues.

Blackcurrants: Same as the apples. Lots of little green buds and I’m dreaming of blackcurrant jam.

Chives: The sole survivor of the herbs given to us by Faith and Isaac as a housewarming gift, these chives are the hardiest plant I’ve encountered. They survived the winter, they don’t need watering. Generally I forget about them until I want to season something with chives and, voilà, there they are.

Corn: I’ve planted out seven sweet corn mini-stalks and have about five more. I may have been a  little overzealous with my planting, but the first round of sweet corn didn’t grow at all so I wasn’t expecting a large yield from the second round. I was wrong. I might plant out only one more of the sweet corn, in which case, does anyone want any corn? I don’t want the poor little plants to go to waste.

Courgettes: Also known as zucchini, I’ve planted out four of these little guys. Three of them are doing well and one is a little behind, but I think he’ll catch up. I just have to remember to keep watering them!

Leeks: I haven’t gotten around to planting these yet. Again, I’m thinking it might be a bit too late this year, though I’m not sure because they are a winter harvesting fruit.

Mint: Same as the basil. I thought mint was supposed to grow wildly and invasively? Not mine.

Peas: I haven’t gotten to planting these, either…

Pumpkins: Three of these have been planted out. They’re doing alright but I think I should get some plant food for them. The one pumpkin I have in a big pot in the green house is doing loads better than the ones outside. Probably because it’s been only in the 10s C outside and it’s a lot warmer in the green house!

Rhubarb: The rhubarb are still growing, but are drowning in weeds. It’s the kind I would need to do a lot of digging for, so properly digging up around the rhubarb is on my to-do list for winter/early-spring. I’ve made more rhubarb jam and wondering what else I can make with rhubarb.

Strawberries: One of three strawberry plants that survived the winter is already forming fruit. It’s pretty cool to watch.

Sunflowers: I’ve planted out four more sunflowers to join the four existing ones. Two of the older sunflowers are big and flourishing, two are still a bit scrawny but I think they’re trying to grow, and then four baby ones. I have one more baby sunflower to plant out but it needs to grow a little bit more.

So, in short, the plants that I have planted are more or less growing away, and I need to decide whether to plant acorn squash, peas, and leeks before it gets way too late.

In other news, I used an electrical hedge trimmer for the first time today. Power tools are cool. I trimmed the hedge in the back garden but still need to do the front. Yesterday and today have been such lovely, warm days to work in the garden. We haven’t had days like this in a long while. Between the wind and the rain I haven’t done much gardening the past couple of weeks. There’s just something alive about working in the garden when it’s hot* and humid. Granted, my experience is greatly enhanced by the absence of fire ants, mosquitoes, and American wasps!

* ‘hot’ in this case being 24 C/75 F, but I’ve acclimated enough that that’s hot now! It felt like being outside in San Antonio on an August evening.

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