An experiment that ended up happening this year was to start cucumbers from seed outdoors in late May instead of early May. When I read what I just wrote it just sounds like no big deal…a couple weeks difference…”so what?”, right?
Well, it has me nervous because by this date I usually have fruit set and instead I have baby plants that haven’t even reached the trellis yet.
I’m also trying a row of bush-type cucumbers. Supposedly these set a good amount of fruit without getting over 2 feet in vine length.
I have had panorama photos that turned out much better than this one, but it gets the idea across. Things are starting to get a bit unruly down there. Weeding needs lots of attention soon. It’s time to harvest beets and their greens. Soon I will harvest the carrots, followed by the cabbages and then the garlic. By that time I will be getting many red tomatoes.
I still need to plant the green beans I promised my wife.
Almost everything has been planted now. I just have green beans and cucumbers left to direct-seed. Also, I’m trying a little chin beard, but I’m undecided on it. I think I’m going to let it get a bit longer and see how it looks then.
This early spring probably allowed the peas to germinate much faster than normal, but they still have quite a bit of growing to reach the bottom of the trellis that I want them to grow on. Sunday and Monday will have temperatures as high as 90 F, so that ought to confuse these cold-loving plants.
I need to harvest all these peas by Mid-to-Late May so that I can reuse this space for cucumbers. For once I believe I’m actually on schedule this year.
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If you look closely enough you can see a few of the “stitching” mistakes. Oh well, you get the idea.
I haven’t shown you my community garden plot because I never remember to bring the camera. So here are some blurry cell phone pictures.
Community Garden Plot 10 x 30 feet
At the front right corner is an improvised trellis trying to support 9 tomato plants and already sagging in the middle.
The rest of the space contains alternating hills of either corn and pole beans together, or a vining plant such as a squash, cucumber or watermelon. This is my three sisters garden. It’s a very fun experiment and I think it’s going to work out.