Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Veggie Report on Bloom Tuesday
RAIN RAIN.... Please send some June Rain!
Yesterday I spent 2 hours 'pamper watering' my struggling veggie plants. I am not sure if they are taking their time to grow because most of them I started from seed on my own this early spring or if it is the lack of rain. My BASKET in the collage above is filled with extra 'filler' seeds which I add as LAST RESORT to rows where the cutting flowers DID NOT GROW. I also added some new pea seeds. I noticed after planting the seed packet I used was packaged for season 1995. Fertilizer 20-20-20 was added to those peppers, zukes, and most of the tomatoes. Don't forget the SHARPE and the plastic forks I am using for markers this season.
MORNING GLORY has the climb of the season in the top left photo of the collage above. See the little starters that are taking their time at the bottom of the fencing in the Veggie Garden. Pine Mulch was added to help keep out the weeds and promote moisture lock. I enjoy adding 'quick' growing annuals to the veggie patch to add color when the veggies are done for the season. Annuals included in this veggie patch are zinnias, a variety of sunflowers, cosmos and cardinal climbers just to name a few. Extremely excited am I to report the zucchini is doing wonderful. I started all these from seeds!!! I can't wait to show photos in a month showing their progress - Be sure to check back for the Veggie Report!
Not sure which is a more exciting bloom to share so I will feature both the Tomatillo Bud and the Marigolds under the heirloom tomato plants. The collage above feature how I plant the tomatillo in my veggie garden. I have learned in the past two years these HEAT LOVING veggie plant love to be grouped close together using stakes to keep the stems strong early in the season. I also use pine mulch as a weed block and to keep the moisture in the root of the plant. These are going to make some wonderful fruit to use in my Salsa Verde!
Happy Bloom Tuesday EVERYONE!