|This is what a patch of well watered corn and beans looks like.|
The garden is getting roughly 3 hours or watering time each night. It's doing okay, but only okay. We're up to about 35 quarts of snap beans that have been put away. The consistent performer of my garden is getting it done again this year. The squash are still hanging in there. The watermelons are struggling. Even though I doubled the size of the patch, I will be lucky to get half as many melons this year. The corn looks healthy but the ears don't quite look as fat as they should. I'm hopeful that the sprinkler water will at least allow them to make something. Our sweet potatoes are running like mad. They happen to be in the largest fall path of the water. That's been really good to them. The cucumbers finally took off! I was beginning to wonder, but I've gotten 11 so far. There are more in the vine too, so it looks like I will indeed be able to enjoy my favorite vegetable through the summer. Of course I have a bumper crop of sand spurs too. Anyone know how we might burn those little suckers for fuel or something? Geez. What a pain! Literally.
So that leaves the tomatoes. I was hopeful for a great crop. We went in furrow with horse manure, put bone meal in as we planted and even watered them in as we planted too. They looked great for quite some time.
|Most of the tomato plants look like this......|
|...but many look like this.|
It's not all bad though. I try to find the positive in most everything. Here are some good pictures:
|Very healthy squash. Squash could grow in a bed of glass.|
|One of the few watermelons that are going to make it.|
At least we'll have one for the beach
|Sweet potatoes. Kids love them and they're easy to store.|
Let's hope they make.
|I planted one cucumber plant in a 1/2 55 gallon drum as an experiment.|
It took off! Lots of blooms but not a lot of cukes yet.
|Amongst the snap beans we had a volunteer pepper plant pop up.|
Funny how nature works sometimes. Wondering if it's a bell pepper or jalapeño.
We'll know soon enough.
Y'all take it easy,