Last week in my garden:
This week in my garden:
The squash that was threatening to take over the box last week has now not only completed that objective but is reaching toward the second box, and since I have an abundance of squash photos, I am going to give the squash its very own posting tomorrow. Suffice it to say, they are prolific; however, in the shadow of the squash are these...
...cucumbers, and they do seem to be getting their share of sun.
We also have some zucchini beginning to swell and although they are a member of the squash family, I will show them here. As an aside...I was surprised to find that not all of the squash flowers seem to turn into squashes. Some must be female and others male or some such tom-foolery. I should have studied them closer to see if I could tell the difference.
Soon we will have radishes.
Their little red bulbs are peeking out all over.
The tomato plants are now shoulder height and the tomatoes themselves continue to grow in size each day.
The herbs are slow growing but I have a few spindly sprigs here and there.
I'm not sure what this is.
Last but not least, I have an unhealthy and unwanted quantity of these (taken last night in the rain).
I am not sure if I should leave them be or dig them out. I have read that they often appear in gardens in which miracle-gro potting mix has been used, and that is what we used in the second box. So discouraging. I have also read that they are hard to eradicate since their reproductive system is under the ground AND that they do no harm to the garden as long as you don't eat them, but, in fact, help to break down something in the soil. I am unsure how to proceed with them. Right now they are most abundant in the lettuce squares that have shown very little plant growth. If anyone knows what I should do with them, please share in the comments section.
Speaking of which, last week I asked about bitter lettuces and was helpfully advised by one of my readers. She said that lettuces prefer less heat and get bitter in the middle of the hot summer. They are better in the spring and fall. Right now is actually the best time to start planting a second harvest for the fall. Of course as I have already stated, my lettuce bed is full of toadstools. Maybe I should remove and replace the dirt with uninfected soil in the affected squares. What do you think?