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July 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Knee High by the 4th of July?

Knee High by the 4th of July?

I am not sure why our garden is surviving.  We have been battling wire grass and even tried spraying the wiregrass with weed killer.  It worked great except that the wind blew it over onto the beans and we wiped out half a row of beans, a few tomato plants and a couple of peppers.

No problem!  We filled in the holes in the rows with pepper plants or cabbage plants.  The garden is a little off kilter.  None of those neat rows of beans or tomatoes but it is growing.

The next trial we have had is with bunny rabbits.  Yup, those cute little Peter Cottontails can wipe out a row of beans in a couple of nights.  We haven’t quite figured out how to stop them without fencing in the garden.

The corn in the picture above is doing exceptionally well.  We have four 20 foot rows and estimate that we will have close to 200 ears.  As you can see in the picture, the corn is well over 10 feet high (Randy is over 6 ft) and has 3 and sometimes 4 ears on each stalk.

The other thing that has done exceptionally well is the baby limas.  There are so many blooms on the row that it scares me.  I am picturing picking and shelling thousands of limas.  For some reason the bunnies don’t seem to like the lima plants.

Limas

Limas

You can see how bad the grass is behind the beans.  We are still fighting it but we aren’t spraying it with weed killer anymore.  The squash and cucumbers don’t seem to mind the grass.  I think they provide so much shade that the grass just doesn’t have a chance.

At the end of the day, we relax around our latest project.  We have been burning stumps out and one of them made the perfect fire pit.  We found some rocks and surrounded it, added a grill and presto chango…we have a cook pit.

Fire/Cook Pit

Fire/Cook Pit

It’s a nice way to spend an evening.  We pull up a chair and relax watching the fire and cooking dinner.  The corn on the cob is roasted in the husk and deliciously smoked when it’s done.  Once it cools off in the evening, it is a good chance to talk and catch up on the day.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 marci // Jul 8, 2009 at 11:42 am

    So interesting to see how gardens are doing in other parts of the country… Here in the maritime coastal NW Oregon, we are just getting started on the gardens :) Most of the corn out here is 3 ft or less, with a few exceptions in well sheltered, well manured, sunny locations.

    I do have lettuce, radishes, and peas tho – makes an odd salad, but it works :)

  • 2 Cindy // Jul 8, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    It’s hard to imagine sometime just how much the climate can differ from one side of the country to the other. My daughter was visiting here from Tacoma, WA and all she wanted to do was sit in the sun. She said that she missed it.

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