Today in the Garden, May 19, 2010

When looking at the blog archives for old gardening posts, the one thing I regret was not posting more pictures.  Time is already tight, so I don’t know if this year will be any better or not, but I’m going to try.  From looking at the archives, it appears that the pumpkin patch was planted at least 2 weeks earlier than in previous years.  I’m interested to see if that will help with the squash bug problem.  Interestingly enough, I suspect squash bugs around the summer squash already.  Why?  Because I smell them!  Belive me, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would know what a squash bug smells like, but after squashing them so much, they have a distinctive smell.   It has been 2 years, but it is recognizable to me.  I did take some yellow beetle things off of them today.  There is a name for them, but it escapes me now.  They look almost like lady bugs, but are thinner and yellow with black stripes.  MaryEllen was there so she knows what to squish them now too. 

Anyway, on to the pictures.  These were taken before the evening watering, so they look very dry.

 beets      tiny carrot leaves

 collard greens     cucumber

 here is that first hot pepper again.  I tried to get both the pepper and the flower in the shot.

 zucchini     watermelon

Beauregard Sweet Potato     radishes.  Tall ones in the middle are daikon.

 Chinese red noodle beans      and up close

 This petunia finally got a permanent spot in the garden today.




Today in The Pumpkin Patch…

This morning’s walk up there revealed some cracking in some of the hills which indicates sprouts are trying to shoot up.  It was particularly exciting because 3 of my favorite varieties were the hills showing this:  Butternut squash, Kubocha squash, and Winter Luxury Pie pumpkins.  In the evening, may of the sprouts had sprung.  One of the Howden Pumpkins and Long of Naples squash had also sprouted.

 John and James watering.     

 Looking from the opposite end.  The part nearest is the empty part.  When speaking of planting a few more hills, Kevin yelled, “Oh no!”  He thinks 114 hills are enough to water. 

 Winter squash sprouts    

 Kuboach squash sprouts    

Howden sprouts      This one gives a better idea of how tiny they are.

Back at the house it was chaos as usual.  Veronica had a late nap and MaryEllen carried her over to me.  They looked so darling and I was going to take a picture of them, for they were both dressed in pink.  However, Veronica was not at all happy and would not smile for a picture.  MaryEllen, the bright, cheerful child is always ready to smile for the camera.  So, as not to have all garden pictures, I present MaryEllen…


Happy Birthday to my Mom who turns 83 today.  Happy Birthday to Irene who is still in her 20s.  It is her first birthday pregnant.  And last, but certainly not least, Happy Anniversary to Fr. Pokorsky.  May you all have many more!


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