Summer thunderstorms rolled in this week, knocking early morning watering sessions off my to-do list every day.
Things are so lush and green back there, such a sharp contrast from last summer's horrible drought. I'd already given up on keeping anything alive by this time last year.
I did a little more planting over the weekend, filling in rows of pole beans and lima beans where the first batch didn't germinate. I'm blaming year old seeds for that mishap.
I also pulled the snow and snap peas and filled that bed in with perennial pollinators. My local garden center had a buy one get one free sale over the weekend and I'd originally intended to overhaul a flower bed off the patio with the plants I bought. But I discovered the soil was full of rocks and was going to be a much bigger project that I had time for. So I've got a nice bed full of pollinator attracting plants in the midst of the all the vegetables, which can only be a good thing. The back row of the box got planted with more scarlet runner beans, to meet the potted row planted on the other end of the trellis arch.
The zucchini and squash plants are doing really well under the pole bean tee-pee trellises. I'm not much of a zucchini eater, so this is the first year I've grown it - but I'm hoping an abundance of zucchinis will help me learn to like it.
The purple pole beans growing over the squash and zucchinis are taking off. I'm a little obsessed with watching their progress. The red popcorn I haphazardly tossed around the trellises is growing super fast as well. I have no idea how that will turn out, but that's how I feel about most of the experiments I've got going on this year.
I also rigged up an improvised trellis for my pickling cucumbers, I was running out of space for plants, so they got tucked into a corner behind the rhubarb patch. There are royalty purple pod bush beans in the bed behind them, which is supposed to be a harmonious companion planting arrangement. I haven't had great luck growing non-diseased cucumbers, so I'm interested to see if this set-up helps.