|Signs of a healthy garden. A few years ago there were |
far fewer spiders (and slugs).
|A spinach's point of view|
|Wide angle of the back. The second planting of peas are looking|
good and haven't started to bloom thankfully.
I built these mostly because I think it will be neat to watch. They should not increase the yield in any way, as they don't increase the root area in fashion. The effect of squash enveloping a trellis are impressive. It would be neat to build a bunch of these in a field and let it all get encompassed. Like ancient Mayan ruins being reclaimed by the forest, the field's texture would reflect the unseen artifacts. Now all that is left is to have the squash make a go of it.
|This is the fall nursery bed. To the right of the|
visible stick are leek seeds. These seeds are
from a leek that we let go to seed last year.
|There were peas here until this morning. I|
put them in too late. Enation would get probably
get them before they produced well. I added
the vertical strings to train the cucumbers up.
There are 4 cucumbers in. Beans will probably
take the remaining spots.
|Wide angle of the remaining peas and|
the cleared section.
|Corn, 1st and 2nd plantings. There's squash in there, too.|
They should coexist nicely. They are natural companions.
If I was less timid, I'd plant more squash in there. The corn
will be done by the end of July, leaving the remainder of
the summer to the squash.
|Newly set out squash. These two will overflow|
their expansive bed.
|The tomatoes get a day of direct sun.|
|Front to back: bed of kale and collards; |
bed of a mixed bag (squash, lettuce, cilantro);
bed of sweet potato, bed of bush tomato for canning.
It seems that it all survived the clear night (the thermostat read 35 this morning, I think it was closer to 40). I need to get the remainder of the squash out in the front, perhaps with some covering. Otherwise, they are going to just stunt and die where they are.
As an added bonus, we pounced on our Tacoma Kitchen Garden neighbors as they walked by and talked their ears off. It was all very pleasant.
|The greenhouse, pretty full-up these days.|