Saturday, June 26, 2010

Garden Bits

These photos were taken last week. Things have grown up a bit since then.
Clancy picked the rhubarb last night. Our friend, Gail, gave us our first three plants. Our friends, Rick & Sue, gave us our other three. Thank you, thank you to them. We love rhubarb so much. All the plants are doing well except one of the originals...ants have decided to build a hill under and around it. Any suggestions about how to get rid of them without damaging the plant?

Clancy's potato patch is filling out. I tucked a few odd tomatoes and basil in the open end. The peonies were just starting to bloom then, and the chives were about finished. I need to deadhead everything today.

Clancy also has a little melon and radish patch going behind the garage. He served us the first little radishes last night. They were mild from all the rains we've had.

My gardening efforts include several transplanted peppers, herbs, and tomatoes that I put in pots full of our composted hay and sheep manure. I'll try to post a picture of them soon.


Michelle said...

Our radishes have been really good this year for the same reason -- but now the warm weather has hit and the remaining ones are starting to bolt and the bulbs have gotten big and woody. I've been using the greens like spinach in stir-fry and pasta, and my guys can't tell the difference!

Kimberly at Echowood said...

Oh, such a lovely but simple garden. I'm envious about the rhubarb. It's so expensive at the grocery store---I think about $6 a pound right now. Yikes. Another thing I miss about the North! I remember picking wild rhubarb along Geddes Road in Ann Arbor. Maybe we were crazy to eat it, but nobody died. It was so good. :)

You know, I *just* read something about what you can pour over ants that is a "natural" way to get rid of them, and now I can't remember what it was! I have heard that salt works, though. (Salt wasn't the thing I read about.) I don't know what salt would do to your plants, though. Hmm...maybe the thing I read about was baking soda?

We here are reaping the benefits of our cherry tomato plants now. So much better than store-bought! The peppers (an abundance of them!) are growing; they won't be ready until later in the summer. I suspect we'll have to make lots of salsa to use them all up.

Sabrina Wille Erickson said...

I hope you post photos of your gardens again, Kim.

I thought I read that Ceyenne or Red pepper could get rid of ants. But I can't remember. I might just try it anyway.

I'll try to write soon!
Love ya

Kimberly at Echowood said...

Now that you mention it, it may well have been red pepper or cayenne pepper that I read about. In "Better Homes and Gardens" maybe. That would make sense, since we both get that magazine.

I don't really have any gardens right now. Just some pots on the back deck, and they're a real mess. Not a whole lot blooming in the rest of the yard, either.

I'm feeling uninspired, I guess. Living vicariously through others' garden photos. Ha ha!