Sunday, May 18, 2014

Spring 2014 Garden Diary, Post 15

There will be no okra this spring. We had another disaster....a gate was left open on Tuesday night and the deer came in and mowed the entire bed of okra down.  I'm not pointing my finger at who left the gate open, but there's only two of us living here, and it wasn't me.  You'll have to figure it out on your own....sigh....

I'm just thankful that they didn't hardly bother the Bean Haus -- they took a bite or two, but it's mostly intact.  Thank you, God!!
As you can see, the beans are taking off and climbing up the wire now!
One of the York Elderberry plants finally bloomed -- I'm checking the others daily but nothing from them yet.
 The morning glories are starting to climb the pole out front -- the first to bloom is this Cardinal vine. The vines are pretty and fern like, and the tiny little reddish pink flowers are very pretty.  Looking forward to seeing the others start to reach out and climb.  John put a bird house on the top of the pole this year for me, and I think the birds will enjoy it once the pole is covered in flowers and vines.
 The Rio Grande peaches are starting to look so delicious -- a pretty blush of pink.  There are 7 of them now, and they are all looking just like this.  Wonder how much longer we have to wait?
 I planted a few sunflowers this year, not as many of last year, but the few that are out there are starting to bloom.  These are the dwarf sunflowers.
 This is the Zucchino Rampicante plants in the grey bucket.  They are looking fabulous...reaching out and growing up the fence.  I'm using some vine pins to hold them up at first, but once they grab hold of the fence they don't need any more help - the vines are tough and just go! Can't wait to try these - mostly we will pick them as summer squash, but you can also let them grow older and they can be eaten as winter squash.
 A couple of the Alden grape vines have some sparse grapes on them.  The late freeze did a number on them, so I'm not expecting any grapes this year, but the vines continue to grow and they look healthy.  Still hoping some year to see some grapes.
 The Chester blackberry plant has a few berries starting on it.
 And the Tromboncino squash are also starting to vine.  I grew these last year and we really loved them.  Even better than zucchini, a nice buttery taste.
The snow peas started producing last week and are nearly dead now -- but we got a nice harvest from both the golden and the green peas.  The heat is just too much for them.  I may try to put them in the fall garden this year -- they may do better in the fall, or at least last longer!

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