I've been enjoying some domestic fruits of my own labor recently, with the first picking of Turkish cucumbers, and more strawberries than I've ever been able to produce before. I've finally found the right sunny nook and last year transplanted about six plants to a deep raised planting box in the new spot. Now I need a basket to harvest what used to only require a small pocket, or a quick slight of hand to the mouth on the way back from watering.
Hardly any seeds in these cute little 4" long Turkish cucumbers.
My impatience paid off when I decided it was time to harvest one of my potato containers. Sometime in mid-April I planted some buttercream varieties in a #15 black plastic nursery pot and also in a landscape fabric sewn tube supported by a wire cage, with potting soil added as the plants grew taller. They're in two different locations. I've tried the potato tower before but without the landscape fabric and using garden soil, and it was a flop. This time I was encouraged by how fast and lushly the plants grew.
I swear, these things grew at least an inch a day.
Without ever blooming the tops of the plants in the nursery container had recently started to yellow and die off, so I figured it was time to see if I had a success or a failure on my hands. Ready or not, I needed that container for a tomato plant that had outgrown its own pot.
Sweet success! I emptied the pot into a wheelbarrow and discovered not gazillions, but quite a few decent spuds, with quite a range of sizes. Some were much larger than I expected, about 4" across. Totally cool, and definitely worth the small effort required to plant, water, and feed them (using a low-nitrogen fertilizer and worm castings). I can't wait to see how the big TOP (Tower O Potatoes) turns out - shouldn't be too much longer on that one. I also read that around here you can get two plantings each year, so I'm going to turn some of these right around into starts for the next batch.
Here's the pot the potatoes grew in, with the tomato in its new home already, and my bountiful harvest.
Next time I'm going to use a larger pot, or at least rig up a cover around the base of the pot. This one seemed to get quite hot from the afternoon, and I half expected to be digging up baked potatoes.
The snow peas preceded the cucumbers in the pot on the deck. When the plants started to die off with the warmer weather I planted the cucumber seeds at their bases.
Chica has been laying almost every day now, and each time we find an egg it's a celebration.
These are only the things grown in the "hers" garden, which also includes mint (love those summer Mojitos), basil, citrus, chives, parsley, French tarragon, and figs. I've been gardening in containers on the deck and in another spot that I know to have at least 6 hours of sun each day. My tenacious husband continues to garden in raised beds in the increasingly shady fenced-in vegetable garden, and is tending zucchini, corn, tomatoes, peppers, beans, and basil. Is it a competition? Perhaps. OK, yeah, so it is.
What's growing in your garden right now? Are you overrun with anything? Have you left a zucchini on anyone's doorstep yet, or stashed one in their car?