Things are moving right along in our garden these days. Last week was really hot and sunny for days and days and this week has been cooler and rainy. Both have been perfect for the garden and things are taking off.
Last week I used up the last of our compost tea fertilizer. Compost tea is the black liquid that seeps out of our compost bucket as the organics break down and decompose. It is a great fertilizer that is constantly being generated in our compost system. This black fertilizer is very good for all our plants but using it is not for the faint of heart since the whole time I am ladling it onto the plants I am surrounded by the smell of it, not super splendid indeed but the benefits are worth it. The compost tea has been combined with the nitrate fertilizer from my friend on the squash plants and I am happy to report that not only are the yellow leaves long gone but the plants are growing huge and all of zucchini now have blossoms, hopefully the other squash won't be far behind.
Inside the greenhouse things getting huge. As I walked the greenhouse last night I realized that some of the tomato plants are now taller than I am. That and we have started to see little tomatoes growing. Right now we only have two but there are a lot of blossoms on the other plants so it is only a matter of time before we see more. The cucumbers are doing great as well and those little tiny ones I showed you two weeks ago are several inches long and making us excited about their taste. I love how I come in from the greenhouse each day and my hands smell strongly of tomatoes, what a joy.
As the peas start climbing their lead ropes, the thin little broccoli grow stronger and taller, the acorn squash leaves start to stretch big and wide and the lettuce is reminding us that we need to eat salads daily we rejoice at the start of the production of our garden. I have realized recently though that as much fun as it is to have such a big garden the work involved has grown just as much. Weeds, watering, fertilizing and even the time to admire what is growing all takes a lot of each day. I laugh and wonder just what I was thinking sometimes when I planted this many seeds in the spring. I just hope that a lot of these great plants will grow and be able to be harvested before our baby boy is born. Grow plants grow because we all know our baby is racing ahead with his growth too, who is going to win?