How does your garden grow?

…and pretty maids all in a row…
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Can you believe the size of these zucchini?

They are as big as Kajsa’s legs!!

That’s what I get when I don’t visit the garden for a couple of days.

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6 thoughts on “How does your garden grow?

  1. There is constant sunshine!

    We planted up on the hill where there are no trees or houses to block. Chris and I went to the hardware store & he built me an irrigation system. I water for an hour 2-3 times a week.

    The zucchini are the best producers, so far (& by far). My tomatoes are taking their time & the eggplant got eaten by tiny critters. But, I got my first cucumber yesterday. I didn’t know if they would make it. They dried out pretty bad a while ago. My melon, though, is flowering like mad! I expect to have a lot of those later.

    Our neighbor Shaun’s pumpkin got eaten last night by Javelina. He didn’t line the bottom of his fence with huge rocks like I did. I’m hoping that is why I have yet to be raided.

    And yes, Running2K’s, both are right. Kjsa’s tenth percentile. The zucchini; however, are off the chart!

  2. A little history. In about 1973 we bought a house in Glendale,AZ. I worked up an area for a small garden – maybe 10 X 20 feet – no easy feat in caliche that had been baked to the consistency of concrete. Knowing that you couldn’t grow tomatoes there I was at a loss as to what to plant. I talked to my father who asked about whether cotton grew there. Cotton does GREAT in the Phoenix area and his advice was to plant okra since it is a close cousin of cotton. So I did. My friend decided to plant melons and squash. I got okra that was eight feet tall and would have fed everyone in Glendale if I could have gotten anyone to take it. I would ask them in my best Arkansas accent if they would like a mess of okra. They had no idea about what a mess was, much less okra. John, my friend went on vacation. When he returned he called me to come look at his garden. It had TAKEN OVER THE WHOLE YARD. Anything in the squash family does great there. Also, if you like okra you will have all you want. You don’t even have to know what a mess is!

  3. It is the same John. I used a roto tiller, too. I rented it, brought it home and it just bounced up and down. So, I flooded the area and soaked it for about 3-4 days, went back and got the roto tiller and it worked the second time.

    I totally agree about letting your garden have some leeway.

    Do you ever see the javelina? My experience was that they were pretty good at pretending to be a cactus and disappearing.

  4. It is the same John. I used a roto tiller, too. I rented it, brought it home and it just bounced up and down. So, I flooded the area and soaked it for about 3-4 days, went back and got the roto tiller and it worked the second time.

    I totally agree about letting your garden have some leeway.

    Do you ever see the javelina? My experience was that they were pretty good at pretending to be a cactus and disappearing.

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