Yuk! The wind is kicking up at 20+ mph gusting higher. Sky in the west/northwest has that odd red color that comes with sand and dust in the air.
I need to get out and plow my garden plot one last time before I plant a few tomato’s, cucumbers and squash seedlings. However I think I’ll wait for a day when the wind is not so aggressive to do that.
I have decided that I will try planting vegetables that may be better known as container vegetables. All will be of the bush varieties and as quick to mature as I can find. I hope to have most of my garden harvested before the real heat of summer arrives in July and August. That will still give me 90 to 120 days of garden growing season.
Bush Beefsteak, Bush Early Girl or Early Girl, Sugar Baby tomato’s. Cucumber Space master, Bush Champion or Bush Pickle. Yellow goose neck and zucchini squash will fit my needs well, however what I actually plant will be determined by nursery stock available.
Peppers are always an unknown. I never know what varieties will be available at my local nursery from year to year. Sweet bell types (green, red and yellow skin) and Jalapeno is always available, but, with all the new Jalapeno varieties being introduced from almost sweet types(little heat) to extra hot types (almost to hot for human consumption) it is difficult to decide what variety is best suited to my taste and growing conditions.
Eeeek ! There’s bindweed (AKA – wild morning glory or tie vine) in my garden. I shot myself in the foot… Last spring (2013) I put a lot of cow pen bedding composted grass hay on my garden. Bad Idea.. I introduced still viable bindweed seed into my garden plot and now I’m using every trick I know to get that damn weed under control. Bindweed is a perennial. It is a noxious weed which is difficult to eradicate because of its extensive and deep root system.
I deep tilled my garden plot several times this winter to expose it’s roots to the cold and dry air to kill as much of it’s root system as I could. Back in late February I applied a pre-emergence that was tilled in and then another treatment that was allowed to remain on top of the soil to prevent any seeds from germinating. I have a 1 gallon hand sprayer filled with generic (roundup)(glyphosate). I spray anything green that dares sticking it’s leafs above ground. Grin .. I’m not a certified organic gardener….
Bindweed must taste bad. Our longhorn cows, horse or donkey won’t eat bindweed unless they are 1/2 starved and can find ‘nothing’ else to eat. I don’t think anything will eat bindweed or rag weed.
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