Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Victories and Disappointments

First, lets talk about disappointments. Sometimes, as I know all too well, things don't work out as planned. Sometimes it's big important things and sometimes it's just squash. The squash are, as Britt would say, no more. They are former squash. I'd like to blame their demise on the copious amounts of rain that fell in May (20+ inches!) or the aphids or, you know, anything but me. But, since honesty is the rule here, I am compelled to tell you that I simply planted the original garden plot too thickly. I choked the squash out...and today, in an effort to keep the eggplants alive and to save the peppers which were being threatened by the leaning eggplants, I was forced to rip out both the zuchinni and the crooknecks. They were never going to bear and they were taking up entirely too much room. It was a little nauseous-making and I am trying to take comfort in the knowledge that they would soon have rotted where they sat. Let's all hope the eggplant will be happier, shall we?

In better news, the peas are off to a most amazing start. Pictures really are the best way to get the full effect, so here you are:

Friday, as the seeds begin to break ground:

Saturday morning, before I left for the beach (10 AM-ish); you could watch the seeds popping out of the ground:

Saturday afternoon, when I got home from the beach (2 PM-ish), there were leaves...in 4 hours !! This picture was taken early Sunday morning.


And, finally, this morning before work:

You'll notice I managed to get the permanent edging around the new plot (thanks, Dave!) and bought a few solar lights to test them out in the garden. Also, the Buddha Frog has migrated again. He's a mover, that guy. The peas are in need of thinning and I'm still waiting to see progress of any meaningful sort from the other seeds. They are starting to come up, but nowhere near as hurriedly as those peas. Those peas are a little crazy.


Sue Dickman said...

Wow! I've never seen anything grow as fast as those peas. That's pretty amazing.

Any kind of squash takes up a lot of room (and then tries to take over everything else while producing more squash than you can possibly eat), so it's probably okay that yours is gone.

Kay said...

Gardening is a lot like knitting in that way. You learn the most when you think you've screwed something up. Live and learn. And Sue's right - squash can wind up overwhelming anyway.

Also, I love love love the time lapse shots of the peas. Makes me think of the midnight acorn sprouting dance in My Neighbor Totoro. Grow, little green things, grow!

Debi said...

Oh, you guys are sweet. The thing about the squash is, I knew better. I've grown it before - successfully, even! - and I just ignored what I knew. I had so much ground and so many plants and, dammit, it was going to fit.

Not so much. :)

Those peas, on the other hand, are a first for me and I am a little stunned. I did thin them today, and also planted the last part of the new garden with another batch. I am not of fan of the thinning (it hurts a little to rip them out when they are so healthy!) but the squash were a good and recent lesson and so I made myself do it. I was more careful with the spacing of the second batch...so we shall see.

Anonymous said...

The peas really are amazing. I guess that is what warm ground does for plants.

Sorry about the squash. We have ours isolated in a bed all by themselves, raised about four feet above ground. Last year they climbed all the way down, and started across the lawn.

Good luck with all the other little plants.

Debi said...

Yay...you made it! And I can totally see squash stretching out and down four feet and more. I do believe that the four plants I had would have been happy to have the whole first plot all to themselves. :)

Megan said...

I get to see the garden on Friday!!! I can't wait to see you!

Renee said...

Love the garden pics and of course Mojo standing by looking cute :) And the frog buddah.