Cukes! Originally, my A frame trellis was a gamble. I was unsure it the cucumbers (or the tomatoes) would take to it and behave themselves. I am very glad that I took the chance on a different design. In my opinion, the A frame design is best for small adjacent raised beds on a hill (like I have) because it pulls the climbers out of the bed and reduces the potential for shading out. It also allows my little kiddos into the harvesting role as they can walk underneath and grab all the produce.
I had a whirlwind weekend. Drove from Maryland to PA, dropped off the children with Grandma, then drove to Western NY to witness my cousin get married in a lovely service.
We just returned home and I saw my tomato vines heavy with fruits! The birds and squirrels had a shot at about 4 of them, but I definitely came out with quite a number of the red ones. I picked a few near ripe ones to finish their ripening away from the free loaders. I’ve found if you clip them with the vine still on them, they ripen up just fine inside a paper sack.
See also my latest wine project. I put in the last sugar gallon and another gallon of water so that it can settle into the end of the secondary fermentation. I’m hoping for a nice strong table wine with vinous quality and drinkability. This is an improvement on a previous years recipe where I’d omitted raisins from the batch. I won’t make that mistake again.
The beans, zucchini and cucumbers I planted on Thursday have made quite a lot of progress in four days. The fall planting is just as much fun as the spring I’m finding. It’s great to live in a place with such an extended growing season. We could use a little rain though.
The weather this spring has been very kind to my little townhouse backyard garden. Everything is just flourishing in the wet/hot/wet/mild cycle we’ve been having.
We’ve already harvested our radishes and made a second planting of carrots in their place. The peas that I risked planing in early March have just started producing edible peapods.
The carrots are getting quite big as are the beets. I’ve got flowers on the tomato plants so big red fruits shouldn’t be far behind.
My melon plants are looking to get going any time now. I really like the flowers they lay out. I’m ready for them this year. I will be training them to behave, unlike last year where they simply took over my yard.
The cucumbers are the best surprise, I didn’t think we’d be getting flowers and cukes as early as June, but there they are. They’re competing for space with the peas, so I’ll be interested to see how they fight.
Pretty soon we’ll have to get the canning gear switched from strawberry jam into pickle making. We’re trying to get ourselves stocked for the winter with canned goods from our humble little yard. I think I’ll do a canning post when we get there. GO BUY A CANNER if you’re tending a garden. You will not regret it.