We just finished up 3 days of heavy rain, which was the first since the post-tropical cyclone Arthur 10 days ago. The garden really needed watering and both the plants and weeds ka-boomed!
So yesterday because it was cooler and the weeds pulled easily, I went out in the light rain, wind, sun, cloud, rain and weeded like crazy and finally mulched everything to keep the moisture in and the weeds down. I have to share these before and after shots.
I have 4 kinds of climbing beans: Blue Lake Runners, Scarlet Runners, Purple climbers, and Cranberry Beans which will produce a dry bean for winter. I’ll blanche and freeze the others.
All my climbing beans are from seeds I saved from last year’s heritage beans. In the case of the Blue Lake Runners, I’ve been saving seeds from every planting for the last 6 years and they were given to me by my friend Pamela who had done the same for the previous 10 years. They are well adapted to this soil and our weather! We will put up some stronger tee-pee supports.
After the weeding, I had enough space to plant a final row of bush beans. They’ll be so welcome as they’ll produce at the very end of the season.
I had some manure piles delivered a while ago so I planted my Winter Luxury Pumpkin seeds from Hope Seeds directly in the pile. Oh, the striped cucumber beetles have been prolific and persistent this year, but hopefully, the plants are now able to develop in spite of the bugs. They are so wily…they can fly, drop off the leaf and burrow into the soil. And they are fast movers!
And while I’ve gardened, Larry’s worked hard in the studio making signs. I love this one that he designed and hand-lettered for our favourite little bistro in Bear River, Magoo’s Bistro.