Well we barely kept it watered this week, didn’t thin the carrots, and the weeds are moving in, but just like housework, the garden work will wait for us!
The plants are now getting big enough that we can wield a hoe to combat blankets of overnight weeds. There is still some hand weeding involved too. Try to do one area each day. Some weeds will try to look like a vegetable. Take care not to weed out your corn! Crab grass looks like corn when it’s coming up. Corn has more rounded leaves. If in doubt, leave it, you can figure it out in a few days!
We hand water. 20 seconds in a four foot span is 2 inches of water. Ideal for proper growth. It will be nearly dry tomorrow! While hand watering you can also see which seeds didn’t germinate (I don’t think I will buy that brand of seeds that I got from the garden center again, none of them came up) and see what weeds are sneaking in, how many rabbits visited, what bugs are there (hello cricket! goodbye red ants!), and how everything is coming along. We have found that this is the most economical and environmentally friendly way to water. You use far less. Drip systems, just like sprinkler systems break, get holes in them, and waste water. Hand watering puts you in control and only things get watered that need it and how much they need it.
We did receive a pleasant surprise! Lisa sprouted a sweet potato in her kitchen. She gave me the orb with its lovely shoots cascading everywhere. I very nearly kept it in the shop as a house plant, it was so beautiful! I separated the shoots and planted them along the trellis. Sweet potatoes are not easy and not commonly grown in Colorado but it was worth a shot! The beautiful leaves and stems shriveled as the roots took hold. Low and behold, there are the leaves coming back!
This week Maryjane and I just enjoyed the garden. That is what is it there for. Sit and relax. Right now we have radishes coming out of our ears because I get to missing them so much that I get crazy planting and every single seed germinates, I swear, and then after a few dozen radishes, we are done. That is when they really start growing!
Here is our favorite way to eat them: Butter crackers, place sliced radishes on top, sprinkle with smoked salt. Delicious!
Our garden is doing pretty fine this year. This week we will thin plants and cheer the corn on. They need to be knee high by 4th of July!