Monday, September 1, 2008

"What a Difference a Day Makes"

I am bushed!!!
Today is the first time since school resumed that I feel like I REALLY worked in the garden. I have been out there doing the usual quick once over, but I haven't been able to take the time to do what I have wanted to. But that all changed today.
It has been overcast all day and a nice cool breeze is present.
I took the opportunity to move some things around and to put the finishing touches on my makeshift greenhouse.
I wrote in earlier posts of taking the tent and covering it in clear plastic to use as a greenhouse. I am excited to see how things will develop.
<---Back view
<----Back view
<--Side View
<--Inside View
 <--Inside View
I put the newly planted tomatoes, hot peppers and the watermelon plant inside for now. I truly don't think the watermelon will grow. In fact, I think they have had it. But I want to experiment and see how it does inside the greenhouse. I am hoping that the heat will help with their development since these kinds of plants need more heat. I have two great books that I am reading on greenhouses and other means of growing crops through the winter. I was surprised to find that glass boxes are also suggested.
I also moved some things around in the main gardening area. I will be putting down black fabric in the areas that have none, and will be finding some creative ways to add the fall crops to the area.
I put a few of my tools and supplies under my planting table and covered them with a tarp. I would love to have a nice roomy space for my supplies and materials. I have always dreamed of having a workshop. No, I can't build and I am not that savvy when it comes to the hands on, but I have a LOT of heart,  passion, and imagination. I might not be able to put things together the way the instructions say to,but once I can see it in my head, I can usually come pretty darn close.  I love power tools as well. I think they make me look cool!!! And we all know how much I want a truck. I don't know what it is, but I LOVE to haul stuff. Being back out in the yard today, just renewed my love for working outside, homesteading, and growing my own. It's a feeling that I just don't know how to describe.
And speaking of growing my own, this is the current state of the garden.
 I don't know what this is, but several of the peppers had it and a few more of the tomatoes do as well.
Here are some of the things in the raised bed
<--Nice Pumpkins
<--Bad Pumpkin.
And FINALLY after a full summer this is my first cantaloupe tryingto come through: I don't know if the remaining days of summer will be warm enough. I am going to try to put it in the greenhouse as well. If I run the risk of disturbing it too much, I will put a plastic sheath around it instead.
Here are some of the plants in the other growing area.I was so excited to see these"
 Sweet Potatoes
I seem to be cursed when it comes to growing cucumbers. No matter WHERE I plant them, something finds them, tears the ENTIRE plant out of the ground and takes off with it. My cucumbers were growing so well. I am going to plant a few more seeds and put them in the greenhouse this time. Hopefully I can get at least a few to grow.
And on that note, look at what else is growing.
All together now....Awwwwwwww!!!!
So that is pretty much it from Garden central. My next project is to rake both the front and back yards and use the leaves for compost. I still have to get a few bales of hay, and start a few more projects. But for this week, I got a very welcome nature fix.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day,and here's to a good rest of the week.
Till next time...


lifes2odd said...

Glad you had a nice Labor Day in the garden. Things are looking good, I think your greenhouse will work just fine. I couldn't see from the photos what was on your pepper and tomato plants.
Pumpkin is getting so big and is so adorable!
Have a great week!
FM :-)

janetpearl17 said...

Love the string beans. Looks like you had a nice Labor Day. Wow, Pumpkin is getting so big! Well the last official weekend of summer has ended. *sigh* Where did the summer go? At least you made a lot of great progress on your garden. Thanks for sharing it all.

dbaumgartner said...

Everything looks great and I am very interested in your tent/greenhouse.  I really hope it works.  I can't wait to see how things progress.