It was a red letter day in Heather's Garden -- my vegetable garden is done! And I crossed two more things off the To Do List:
-Transplant zucchini/plant nasturtiums
-Transplant cucumbers/plant nasturtiums
I was shocked when I pulled the zucchini out of the seed tray -- look at the roots on those things:
Here's the other container with the nasturtium seed packet. I planted seeds in four spots in each container:
I was not as impressed with the roots on the cucumber seedlings and I expect 1 or more to fail so I planted all 4 seedlings together in the middle of the container. Nasturtium seeds were planted in three locations around the edge:
I wasn't happy with the way that the peas were growing anywhere but up the bamboo poles and I had been trying to come up a better system. The problem with growing peas in containers is that anything that is narrow enough to fit into the pot isn't tall enough. The wooden trellis was perfectly sized, but the posts were too thick for the peas to wrap around:
I stumbled across these metal wire trellises for $5 each and I jumped all over them:
I would have pulled the wooden trellis out, but it was good and stuck:
The Little Marvel peas are living up to the little part of their name, but they got new trellises too just in case there is a growth explosion:
Now I only have to wait on the Red Peter peppers and the Brandywine Pink tomatoes to get big enough to plant (which could be another month). But basically the vegetable garden is the way it's going to be for the summer. Woo-hoo!
I've been resisting giving into my favorite addiction -- buying herb plants. I'm growing 2 different kinds of basil from seed and I have chives, oregano, spearmint, and sage that successfully overwintered, so I really don't need that many new ones, but I want them all! I've been pretty good about walking past a small container of basil for $4.00, but when I found this sage for $1.89 and the 4 basils and 1 thyme below for a total -- that's a total -- of $4.19, I couldn't resist. I'm pretty sure that the basil in the back row labeled Purple Ruffles is in fact African Blue (I'm 100% sure it's not Purple Ruffles), but for $.79 I didn't mind not knowing exactly what it is:
Those six herbs join the rosemary, thyme, and actual Purple Ruffles that I couldn't resist buying already. I have to plant up the herb barrel and I intend to do a hanging herb basket like I did last year, but I'm still mulling over what I want to plant where:
When we were cleaning up the garden last month I didn't feel like trying to separate the Goldilocks (Lysimachia nummularia) from the dead stuff in the container so I just handed the whole thing to VPH for the bastard garden. Well it's thriving back there and I'm going to ask him to fish it out for me. I think it will look great split in half and wedged into the planter table:
So you can see how the shade hanging basket up high on that tree is completely at the correct height when viewed through my very dirty living room window:
I gardened on Monday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Remember that 7:00 pm end time. I was cleaning up and putting away my tools when I heard a sound to my right. I half turned to see which birds were attacking the feeder now and saw a big furry animal. Wow, that's a big cat I thought quickly and then screamed when I realized that it was a raccoon about 8 feet from me. It ran parallel to me along the fence towards the potting table and our cars in the driveway. I carefully made my way to the front door checking to make sure it wasn't hiding under the steps waiting to bite my ankles and told VPH the raccoon was back. I grabbed my cell phone to call the non-emergency line for the police and took some photos of the raccoon sneaking into my neighbor's yard from the safety of my front steps:
Did you note the BRIGHT sunlight that the raccoon is walking straight towards? It was 7:00pm -- way before dusk. The police asked if it was foaming at the mouth? No. Staggering around and tripping over its own legs? No. Do you know where it is now? No, it ran into my neighbor's yard and I lost sight of it. Well if you see it again during the day give us a call and we'll come down. I can totally see me chasing the raccoon down the road telling the police dispatcher, "Now we're turning north on Main Street."
You can bet I'm not going outside without my cell phone in my pocket any time after 4:00 pm.