We never did get to those tomatoes, and it won't be today either. Yikes!
The day began with finding out that the reason I've not heard anything about my divorce for several months is that my lawyer never sent the papers off to be served after the judge signed them.
I was a little frustrated by this. As far as I know, once he has been served and the papers signed my support is supposed to kick in. That means two months of support have vanished into thin air, while we try to scrape by on what little he feels like sending and we work nights and weekends trying to support ourselves and make ends meet.
However, all things are in God's timing, so I'm not really worried. Mostly curious as to how this will all pan out.
So Michael did more mowing yesterday morning while I began weeding the garden. I wish I'd taken pics AFTER weeding instead of before. LOL
Mowing around the garden itself was needed as you can see in this photo. The Three Sisters area of the garden is finally showing visible signs of some success.
The whole problem with this has been the corn. We planted it three times and each time was a significant failure. I suspect it is bugs. Ants, possibly, chewing up the roots. They must get them when they are sprouts, and if they manage to get any higher, they chew through the stalks and they just fall over.
So the pole beans and the winter squash kept getting put off for a long time.
The other half of the garden, where I will be doing some weeding.
Seed saving is something I hope to do a lot of. I hope to buy very little seed next year, so I bought 98% of my seed as open-pollinated. Here are the pods to the sugar snap peas, drying nicely.
The next huge project in the garden, getting those tomatoes back up. I planted them too thickly, and the rains and lack of wire held us back from adding wires above the first and second ones. Now it's a mess.
Peppers are finally growing.
Swiss chard, which we decided needed to be harvested. And in there are the sweet potatoes.
Scallions, onions, leeks. Only showing leeks here, I think.
Something is wrong with this and one other summer squash.
The rain washing through the garden disturbed a lot of the melon hills.
Our biggest competition giant pumpkin vine.
Cukes that we just lifted and tied up the day before.
Broom corn and peanuts. You are supposed to hill peanuts like potatoes. If I get a spare minute, I'll do that.
Okra. Neither of us like it. But when we were aiming for a market garden we chose to plant some. No market after all, but we need to learn about it's quirks in tandem with our garden quirks, so we planted some anyway.
With the Three Sisters planting being so difficult, I decided to make an experiment plot. I simply planted all three - corn, beans, and a cucurbit all at the same time. I believe I put in small warted mix gourds. I will keep you updated.
Thinning the squash, gourd, pumpkin plantings at every other hill of corn and beans.
Then my mom and dad came by to help with the greenhouse construction project. We had been planning on digging out one of the hoops and burying in a new hoop post holder. But dad made this nifty thing.
First, drive the new, straight hoop post into the ground in the proper spot. This was ingenious. Dad got a metal rod, put body building weight clamps on it, and used it to insert into the pipe and pound it down.
Then put this crane above the old pipe.
It has an eye hook at the top.
Put on a winch.
Add a chain.
Drop chain down into the pipe.
Secure chain with a bolt.
Begin winching pipe out of ground.
Fill old hole with sand, slowly, so you don't accidentally get a pocket.
Awesome! Thanks, Dad! That really saved us a lot of work!
Michael wanted to save this volunteer, but it also has a wild rose bush there, so it got mowed down.
Bad Japanese Beetles. Scourge of the garden.
The field competition giant pumpkin. The ants got this too. We are down to one in this spot, and I'm wondering if it will survive.
Always looks so much better around here when it's mowed.
Harvesting Swiss Chard.
I left more leaves on some than others, to see how they do. I learned a lot about them yesterday. For ourselves, we don't think we need this much, but it will make a great summer substitute for salad greens, growing so much more easily then than lettuce.
Rinsing the Swiss chard leaves and hanging them to dry on a ball return net. We did not want to blanch and freeze, so we're going to dry them for use this winter in soups.
We left to visit friends and help with projects, but they were all done. So they graciously fed us dinner.
We enjoyed the progress of their lasagna style garden.
Visited their new horses, who had been rescue horses about 4 years ago. The mare has never been able to put on weight. I suspect she has organ damage and can't metabolize all she needs.
And then we all took off and enjoyed Night at the Museum 2 at the theaters. It was really good. We enjoyed it.
We stopped by my folks to pick up some lavender clippings, borrow canning books, and visit until 10:30, so we didn't get home in time to bring in the swiss chard leaves. I'll have pics on those and the lavender cuttings tomorrow.
Taking off to go pick up a used pool!