Jun 29, 2011
Kelly, avert your eyes!
Yes, those are all bush bean plants that had just started producing well that I just pulled out of the bed! Contender, Yellow Wax & Dragon's Tongue.
Why? Because I took the intensive planting methods a bit far this year I think. I had them stuffed into the pepper bed and my peppers weren't getting any light. No time to raise more peppers but I still have plenty of time for beans, so it wasn't a hard decision. I did wait, however, until my new bean area had all sprouted successfully. All the new beans are up about 2 inches high where the Amish Paste tomatoes met their early fate.
Below are the peppers now, free of beans and able to get the sun. If this year has taught me anything, it's that closely planted things can allow disease to run rampant, so out they went. I expect the peppers will ripen much better this way, this was the first year I crowded them with anything else but their own kind in my quest for the "cottage look", but cottage quickly turned into the "hoarder look" LOL
At least I got another dinner's worth of beans before yanking them!
The Brandywines are a freak show out there, that's a regular grocery-store size tomato in my hand... and no, I don't live near a nuke plant. This looks like a banner year size-wise so that's why I'm really hoping they can ripen and stay healthy.
It's not just one, either... they all look that size!
The latest intruder, not sure what yet... could be canine but I'm thinking not, since they don't really stay outside long enough to work so hard at seeking shade. This is also the garden fence that seems to be getting dug out, so I'm thinking intruder alert!
Lastly, we have some wildlife news... congrats to Mama Dove! She survived the weird cyclone storm we had when her nest and eggs got blown to the ground and cracked, set two more eggs and survived I don't know how many downpours in her swinging basket up there but there are her new babies!
Now I have to be super alert when I let the dogs out, since she will have them out and about in no time.