Hi, friends! As per usual I’m trying not to think about work this week, so instead I’m going to ramble about my garden.
While we’ve had so much rain my sump pump has created a water feature in the back yard, it’s going really well. My tomatoes split a little from a massive downpour when I was out of town and depending on my parents for watering, but they aren’t inedible.
I’ve gotten 8 tomatoes so far, and there are a fuckton of them coming in. Turns out that being in 9 hours of sunlight a day vs 6 really does make a huge impact. There are a ridiculous amount of cherry tomatoes coming in and the slicers are coming in heavy, too. I didn’t plant any beefsteak varieties because I don’t have that kind of patience.
In other exciting news! I rigged up a trellis with some posts and chicken wire and zipties (because I’m fucking classy like that) and I have a 15 gal fabric planter plopped next to it with cucumbers and spaghetti squash vines. A neighbor had extra squash starters they were giving away, so I grabbed one. I didn’t think it was going to make it, but it’s a scrapper and starting to do well. The cucumber is doing great, I have 2 lil cucumbers coming in! I was getting disappointed at first because I was seeing tons of flowers but no fruiting, but then I remembered how zucchini throw off male flowers at first to attract pollinators before eventually having female flowers. Anybody know how long cucumbers take to be ready to pick? The lil cukes are about the length of my pinky finger and the width of a pencil today.
So anyways, I’ve never grown cucumbers or spaghetti squash before because I didn’t have the space. This is very exciting for me!
In non-edible news, the rain garden area is really doing it’s job thanks to this weather. The Queen of the Prairie and Blazing Stars have started blooming, and there are tons of buds on the coneflowers.
How’s your weekend winding down? Trying to not think about work this week or just resigned to it?