It's kinderGARDEN Thursday again. It came fast this week. One of the biggest things happening this week in the garden was that Matthew decided that he should water with his watering can.
Since it's handle is hollow, it made a good spout too, he discovered.
But in the end it was easier to pour out of the spout.
We had a new crop of purple green beans ranging from 1"-3". We picked all 15-20 of them, boiled them green, and ate them, just so the bugs wouldn't get them first. I don't know if they really are a good as the Empress bean I grew one year, but they sure are fun. I just wish we could get a bumper crop going as Matthew never can get enough. I don't blame him. 1/2 a bean the first time and 7-10 baby ones that probably amounted to 3 normal green beans just isn't enough. We both tried one raw and decided that it was bitter and not good.
Something ate my lettuce right before I got there. NOOOOOOO!
Our 2nd tomato on a different bush.
Our first tomato is growing right along. I don't think they are going to make it to the salsa. I want to taste them!
Our pepper plant is super happy. One almost ready to pick and 9 more growing.
So it's not as lush as people's in the ground gardens, but it's producing finally.
This morning Matthew and I decided to replant the radishes. The sprout disappeared. Story of this garden year.
In fact I think the carrots disappeared too, unless they aren't carrot sprouts. I planted red ones and a red stemmed sprout I saw today. I confess I'm not so fond of radishes and carrots so I don't recognized them as well.
Mom, I need the hose. Planting radishes was dirty work.
I'll go ahead and water the house, I mean the garden, now that the hose is on.
The last thing Matthew has been having fun doing in the garden this week is digging in leftover soil.
He can do it for at least 15 mins and then HAS to use the hose to wash his hands and starts over.
After this pot gets filled he says, "Mom it's a birthday cake!"
And then it gets dumped out and the process repeats all over again.
Don't forget to go over and see The Inadvertent Farmer today. She has a guest speaker that talks about getting older kids in the garden by raising praying mantis cocoons. I really needed some of those mantis over at my pumpkin patch. It has been infested by squash bugs and I don't know if I took measures soon enough to save the poor vines or not. Time will tell. Anyway, I've never seen any cocoons for sale, but if we can find them, we might try that next year as well. Especially if they love squash bugs!
What's your garden story this week?