Hello, come on in, let’s head on out back and have our coffees. I can use a strong cup this week and I bet you would immediately feel the difference in temperature. Remember last week? It was hovering around 100-degrees? Well, today is hovering around 85-degree.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you we had a few drops of rain this week. At last! According to the weatherman, the last time we had detectable amount of rain was at the end of May. I will take a few drops of rain any day if it meant there’d be cooler weather.
If we were having coffee, I would show you my container garden. Oh, and please ignore the crunchy yellow lawn, we are still in a historic drought. I would also show you the drip irrigation tubing installed in the raise garden beds, raspberry bushes, and burning bush, which should be flaming red in the fall.
As we tour, I would ask if you remember the bottom picture from this post early this month. The top photo was taken last night. How much difference 20 days made! I even have bean harvest already. Unfortunately, for some strange reason, mom boiled the bean. Yuck! These beans are meant to be stir-fried and sautéed, not boil until it’s yellow and rubbery.
I would also tell you I installed all the drip irrigation myself. It had resulted in a couple of late nights, joint and back pain but don’t worry, I will recover. Mom didn’t pity my pain at all. “Serve you right,” she chided, “for doing useless projects.” She rants all the time about the sprinkler system use too much water even though she’s not paying the water bill.
“Drip irrigation is designed to save 50-70% water.” I told her. She scoffed even though I wasn’t making it up. The local news channel had strongly urged residents to use drip irrigation when they can, even the city recommends drip irrigation. It’s a lot more efficient and I don’t know why she’s fighting me on this. She has such an old school way of thinking – composting BAD, drip irrigation BAD, mulching BAD. I’m trying to make the Earth a better place – less garbage, water conservation – and it seems like she’s doing everything she can to trash the place. I told her I have made donations to environment and wildlife conservation charities, and she said, “those charities are liars.”
I’m sorry, what?
Anyway, enough rambling, let’s finish touring the garden. Here are my tomatoes.
After hearing a lot of gardeners raving about the Greenstalk vertical garden planter, I decided to try it. Last night, I dug up one of my cucumber plants and moved it into one of the 30 planting spaces. It didn’t look so good after transplant but after a drink of fish emulsion, it perked right up. I hope I didn’t man-handle its roots too much when I dug it up. I also hope by moving one of the 4 cucumber plants, I will give the remaining 3 plants the adequate space to grow.
In addition to cucumbers, I also moved 2 green bean plants, planted 6 pepper plants at the top tier, 5 pickling cucumber plants, 4 cosmos, and a sunflower. That’s 18 out of 30. Maybe I should thin the cherry tomatoes patches by moving a few to the vertical planter. Hmm…
If we were having coffee, I would thank you for joining me in this edition of #weekendcoffeeshare and hope we’ll both return next week.