Before I tell you about that, I'm excited that our ruby throated hummingbirds are back! Before I left on my trip a couple weeks ago, I spotted the first one zipping past me on the porch and immediately put out a feeder. While I was gone, Johny noticed a second and put out another feeder. We still only have two (I'm sure more will show up eventually) and they are already battling to protect their territory around the feeders.
I've previously shared many of the things we've done to prepare the land this year (click on the link to read more) and today we were ready to plant (with the moon, LOL). This is how things looked when we started this morning...
We took a little break to recoup some of our energy, and came back in the late afternoon to plant two rows of pole beans, 5 1/2 rows of sweet corn (by half rows I mean they only go 1/2 way across the width of the garden, the other half of that space is for tomatoes and beans) and 2 1/2 rows of bush beans. The good news is they got planted, the bad news is today was NOT a good day to plant them, but I had already set the bean and corn seeds in some water to soak and soften up early this morning and only later realized my mistake. We didn't want to waste those precious seeds, so in the ground they went...I guess it will be a good experiment to see how well they do! We'll plant the tomatoes (the space is ready for them) and the watermelon (we still have to prepare that area, which is the newly tilled and never planted area you see back in the upper right corner of the pictures), following the moon planting calendar. We also have 2 rows that we are saving for whatever seeds we might happen to come across that we just can't do without!
You many notice a frame looking thing at the far end of the garden, that is the beginning of the fence (to keep all the scavenging critters out) we are building, which we plan on completing next week. You also may wonder how we water...you can see the green watering can in the second garden picture...we take a bucket over to the creek, fill it, carry it to the garden and then use the watering can...it's a little labor intensive, but we like it. Which brings me to the other reason we really wanted to get things planted today...it's supposed to rain this weekend, not torrential downpours but a nice long lasting rain...good for the seeds and much easier than moving buckets of water!
Have I told you yet that I'm glad to be back?
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