More rain…and I’m out of Sluggo. Time to buy the industrial sized bag, I’m afraid. In the short respite of sun yesterday, I managed to prep the cucumber row, weed a few areas, and plant my watermelon, zucchini and patty pan squash (‘Benning’s Green Tint,’ bought on whim at MOC) starts.
My peppers are doing ok. They seem to be happy in the new bed, even without the sun, and I’ve already noticed some growth. My tomatoes are growing up strong and fearless, much to my surprise. I think it’s the new organic fertilizer I’m using.
I harvested two new potatoes on an extra potato plant I pulled out to make room for the zucchini. Adorable little things. Can’t wait for their brothers.
In other news, I found the squirrels had decimated my strawberry bed, eating at least a dozen of the biggest, best unripe berries. Not happy. So I improvised a fence around part of the patch, hoping at least some will remain to ripen when the %&@#$^#&! sun comes out. I should probably throw out some seeds or something for them if they’re that hungry.
Today, before the rain really starts to fall, I just need to transplant the beets and basil (maybe), and put in the beans, cucumbers, and one more set of squash (chioggia di marina). Then it’s sit back and pray for sun.
EDITED TO ADD: Ooh, sun for 2 minutes! I’m completely soaked, having just finished planting two kinds of cucumbers (McPick hybrid pickling and Cornichon Fin de Meaux from France), Chioggia di Marina squash — one hill from seed saved from Anthony Boutard’s squash, and two hills from Seed Savers (by the elderberry and on the V of the lettuce bed), and three kinds of beans: vermont cranberry (E), Hutterite soup bean (W), and Maxibel bush (W side of peas). I’ve got…
— excuse me while I go kick some strawberry-eating rodent @ss —
Sorry. I’ve got two kinds of dill: a Dukat start and Mammoth seed at the south ends of my three middle rows, and Detroit beet seeds and transplants in front of my herb bed. Found a Za’atar marjoram that overwintered, and my new marjoram is doing well. Basil is looking sorry. I’m not sure what to do. I think I need a cloche.