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Love your new baby, Daniel!
Rick has got strawberries, melons, basil, parsley, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, beans, corn, peas, radishes, & onions on the go this year.
He has to have his defib/pacemaker implant replaced on July 5th, so he hopes it won't interfere with harvest during the recovery. Due to my other hip needing replacement, I can't walk out there to help out.
Thank you Patricia. This year I haven't been able to keep up as well, and the kitchen garden has some failures. But still lots of good stuff. Among other things, I'm also delivering for meals on wheels, and there's this litle guy to help me in the garden when he's bigger.
They look soooooo good!
Picked the first mulberries of the year today. They are a favorite. Second photo is paw paws developing on a tree I planted in 2012. If they ripen this fall, they will be my first paw paw crop. Third photo is tomato patch. Ir's looking good. First tomatoes are probably still a month away.
Thank you Joan. It's fun growing them for the first time. They seem to be flourishing, so I guess they have plenty of flies. They don't tolerate fertilizer salts in their roots, but they can get a boost from very dilute foliar fertilizing, so I am doing that. I also sometimes swat a fly or stink bug, and feed them that.
@ Loam Gnome, your beautiful carnivorous plants offer so many color varieties, sizes, shapes, and textures, they must be fun to grow. Do you have enough flies for their appetites?
Rick has several cantaloupes in the greenhouse, & so far they are all growing. The fruit has always been very juicy & sweet so he's encouraged now to do them every year.
We have lots of spiders too! And hummingbirds, who eat flies. The carnivorous plants are just for fun.
I havent been able to grow parsnips or cantaloupes either. Too cool for cantaloupes. There is a variety called Minnesota Midget that made a few softball sized ones, a few years ago.
After a few days of unseasonable rain and coolness, it's expected to be in the 90s tomorrow. Should be a growth spurt then. Tomatoes, sweet corn, looking good. Potatoes blooming. Garlic looking good. Beans growing now. I'm happy.
I'm always trying something different. I decided that I like the pitcher plants best, partly because of size. This venus flytrap is very cool to look at, but quite small. It is fun to catch a fly and place it into the jaw-like leaf.
My friend has a nursery and grows thousands of these in Oregon, shipping them all over the country. In May, we went together on a buying trip to California, where there are a handful of nurseries that grow and supply them too. Very interesting.
I prefer spiders to catch my flies!
Parsnips: I love 'em, but can't seem to grow them. For one reason, I tried planting my own harvested seeds, but then read that they don't germinate. So I discovered! I planted a packet of seeds, but they never germinated either. I bought and planted another packet. I'm waiting now. I used to have success--same with cantaloupe--but not any more. Don't know what the deal is.
Otherwise, except for weeds and rabbits, the garden looks pretty good. 2" rainfall 3 days ago really helped. (Not with the rabbits.)
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