I’ve been quite pleased with the way my raised bed is progressing. The plants are growing beyond my wildest expectations–I’ve talked about and shown my “hedges” of parsley and the tomatoes and cucumbers are progressing nicely. The tomatoes need staking–again–and they have several sets of flowers meaning that tomatoes can’t be too far behind.
And although the Spoiler didn’t get down the cool stainless steel spirals that I usually use to stake up the tomatoes (hence forcing me to use plain old bamboo) it seems to be working out just fine–except that some of my heirlooms are rapidly reaching the tops of those 7′ bamboo stakes. Oh well. It’s nice to have problems like those.
And I guess I should be grateful that I don’t need this lovely picket fence around my garden (surprisingly only the rabbits have nibbled so far, although just recently I’ve been seeing deer browse damage very near by. Perhaps, like the Spoiler, they don’t like most vegetables).
And despite the fact that I haven’t used the black plastic mulch–or any mulch at all–things are growing like weeds in my garden and surprisingly very few weeds are growing. I’m sure it will be a different story next season.
It’s really their elaborate trellises and support systems that I am envying–and they would be completely out of place in my much-smaller space. In both cases, the supports had peppers growing on one side and tomatoes growing on the other.
Now I don’t doubt that this is a multi-purpose garden so perhaps earlier in the season, peas grew here. Or perhaps last season, beans grew here–because I am sure they practice crop rotation as well.
But in any event, I was just struck by the orderliness and the loveliness of this garden–mine seems positively untidy by comparison!