After lots of rain, which turned our central and north gardens to clay mush, the sun has been out daily and things are starting to dry. It’s a good thing too, as our central garden is growing a red haze of pigweed. Boy, what a crop that is this year! Will’s about done weeding and mulching the main garden and house garden so the central garden will be next. Luckily, I got it planted a day before all that rain started, and the seeds germinated, even in wet soil.
I’m real excited about some beans we’re growing this year, which we call “Hondo” beans as they are the black, white, and tan color of our dog, Hondo. They were a sport growing out of a big row of Iroquois pole beans. We found them when we were shelling out the row of dry beans. There were only eight seeds but I planted them all under their own trellis. Every bean germinated and they’re starting to grow strong. It’s going to be interesting to see what they do.
I’ve been cleaning out the little plastic greenhouses, getting them ready to take down and store for the winter. It’s hard for me to toss tomatoes, peppers, and flowers! I gave away what I could, found spots in various gardens for some and the rest … sigh … I toss over the hill. Hey, I hate even thinning carrots, which, by the way, is what I’ll be doing this afternoon. (I feel like I’m throwing away food!) And, no, carrots do not transplant as corn does.
I’m excited to see how well the pumpkins I planted on the rocky end of the Sand garden are turning out. I planted San Filipe, Iran, and Dishpan cushaws, all different species so they won’t cross. We figure they can crawl over the remaining rocks, sticks, and ruts. Then next year, we’ll work on improving that corner. On a homestead, you’ve always got to do the best you can for now and plan for the future. — Jackie