Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! If you are a gardener, you are a mother no matter your sex. It is a beautiful day, the sun is shining and all is right with the world. We got 4/10 of an inch of rain yesterday so the gardens are all happy and the children (plants) are growing faster than the weeds so Mother is happy. The squash has made it’s first appearance and the corn is growing well now. The crows check out the garden each day and do a lot of talking about it but are smart enough not to try and land in the garden to snack on the young corn plants for if they tried they would be all tangled up in the lines we have strung across the garden. From the picture above you can see many of the lines we have in the garden. Since this picture was taken the plants have all grown and we have added lines and the Mint-X strips so there is truly no place for the deer or the crows to land. This picture is taken with my MacBook, which means things are wrong in the left to right prospective. The corn is planted and starting to grow to the right (in this picture) of the gate. The broccoli is almost ready to pick the first plant already and the rutabaga is almost ready to thin. I never before had good luck with rutabaga so I set the plants closer together than I should have, then the deer got in and ate them down but luckily the deer didn’t like them so didn’t eat the center or lead leaf, only the outside leaves and now they have all come back with a vengeance and will need to be thinned when they get just a little bigger. Then I will pull every other one so the other 5 can have room to grow to full size. Rutabaga grow to 2 or 3 times as big as a big turnip and taste much milder and sweeter.
All the news for today. I did get a good comment from a guy who has a great site on growing grapes so if you need help putting in your grapes or getting them to grow better check out his site. His name is Alexander and you can find him on the comments for “Eater Visitor” . It is well worth reading- Holly tell you father about this site he might get some hints for his grapes. Have a great day.