Thursday, May 15, 2014

Growing in the garden: finches and food

If you're the cat Lucy, you would, of course, put finches and food in the same category.  With enthusiasm. This is why, Lucy, you are being confined to your house right now.  If you learned to hunt rats, Lucy, and not baby birds, you could roam at will.


The garden is bursting.  I realize that nobody is actually remotely interested in anyone else's tomato crop, but the lovely thing is, I can share my tomatoes here, and you don't have to listen to me bore you with it over coffee.  I am sparing you the longwinded tomato discussion so you can drink your coffee in peace, by filling up this post with tomatoes instead.

And finches.

And eggplant, summer squash, snap peas, corn, tomatillos, grapes, and tiny baby carrots.

Three years ago was our first attempt at vegetable gardening on this property.  The previous owners had conveniently fenced off a portion of the garden to keep the deer out, and filled it with labels that said things like "basil" and "sage," but the dirt within the fence was uniformly concrete-hard clay with a few really daring weeds.  So we dug it all up and arranged it in rows and amended the heck out of it, and had a not bad crop of tomatoes and strawberries. Nothing terribly impressive, but yum.  Last year we  tried again, and while the strawberries went gangbusters, they weren't very flavorful, and the tomatoes were straggly, with thin vines and little fruit.

This year, we went whole hog.  We dug it all up yet again, and filled it with one-year-aged-chicken-manure compost (grown on site), and bags and bags and bags of soil amendment (not grown on site.  My goal is to put in another composter or two so we send less green waste to the city dump, and bring less amendment in from off-site), and reshaped the beds and put in proper paths.  Irrigation will go in soon. 

April 26: new beds and paths and baby tomatoes in colorful wire cages.  The tomatoes are about three weeks old, here.

A few small beans and zucchini in front of the tomatoes , which barely reach the 2nd wrung of their cages.

chives and snap peas

Corn!  Apparently.  I'd have sworn it was a stray bit of grass, myself.

May 2nd. Tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini, getting bigger.  Tomatoes past 2nd wrung but not yet to the top.
 Size of typical tomato plant, May 2nd

 Lots and lots of peas.  we eat them every other night for dinner.
 Strawberries are growing!

Today. May 15,  tomatoes have overtopped their cages - are we going to need bigger cages?

Veggies are taking over the world!

Squash blossoms!

 Look at the size of these squash leaves!

remember those tiny little blades of grass we claimed were corn?  They're not  so little anymore.  That's a very oversize mug.

They are bursting out of the ground  - I didn't know veggies could grow this huge and this healthy.
By the way, I'm the only person in my household who likes summer squash.  So you may need to come over and help me eat them, pretty soon.  It looks like I'm going to need a lot of help.

Hhhm.  Maybe finches in another post.  We're growing a very loud and boisterous crop of finches this year, too.

I have also, apparently, left out the grapes and the tiny baby carrots.  Oh well.  One can't share *everything.*  I'm supposed to be working right now, yo.

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