4/30/2015 The strawberry & lettuce bed is doing great. Only one berry so far but we’ve got more lettuce than we can eat!
My sister-in-law is a botanist at Stanford. One of her students gave her some heirloom seeds as a thank-you & she sent some to us. Pipian from Tuxpan is a prolific round pumpkin that is blue/green and is known for it’s delicious seeds. We are excited to see how they do here in Georgia! http://www.rareseeds.com/pipian-from-tuxpan-squash/
I was at Home Depot to get a pineapple sage plant & saw these. I love echinacea. The color here is more vibrant than what they actually are. They’re beautiful muted rose and salmon in person. I’ll take some photos soon with the Nikon…iPhone is great but not the same.
Last year we had a handful of berries from our blueberry bush. It looks like we are going to have a great crop this year, considering the size of the bush.
We chose a thornless blackberry when we placed both the blue and blackberries 2 years ago. The blackberry is VERY leggy and has rooted one leg in a separate spot on the ground where it touched. I snipped that one, so it will become a separate bush over time. Additionally, I placed the ends of the other “legs” an inch or two into the dirt to encourage them to root as well. When done, we will end the season with 4-5 blackberry bushes!
I added some eggshells around the tomatoes. Although they have the most benefit when added at planting time, I find that adding them periodically throughout the season is fine. Eggshells provide needed calcium to the plants, which in turn helps to prevent blossom end rot on the fruits.
Although my garden is small, I plant fairly densely within the square footage I have. I loosely use the square foot gardening philosophy and do so successfully. It is successful because I don’t overfill the garden beds & because I companion plant. There are some things I plant more densely than suggested (ie.tomatoes & tomatillos) but from experience I know in this area, with the garden fence as additional support, it won’t be problematic for those particular plants. http://www.melbartholomew.com/the-very-first-sfg/