Vegetable garden update
Well, it’s time for a vegetable garden update and I’ve got a big smile on my face. I just finished planting the winter and summer squash seedlings as well as the pumpkin and melon plants. Even though our weather continues to be unseasonably cool, I decided it was time to take the plunge. The reason I’m smiling is because the entire garden has been planted now — all that’s left to do is the occasional weeding and thinning, and lots of harvesting.
You’ll notice that each of the raised beds is covered with red or black plastic. That’s to warm up the soil temperature which is what these heat-loving veggies really need. And particularly this year when it appears they will need all the help they can get.
Underneath the plastic is a soaker hose on each bed so the plants will easily get watered each day. The plastic is held down by small metal, U-shaped pins. I cut small “X’s” into the plastic where each plant is going to be planted and use a dibble tool to make the planting holes.
Once all of the plants are in, I place a few small boards on the surface of the plastic to avoid having the wind whip it around a bit… which potentially could “decapitate” a seedling, or perhaps cover the plant which wouldn’t be good either.
Next, I placed hoops over the beds and then covered each bed with either bird netting or floating row cover. This prevents birds from checking out — and nibbling on — the tender new seedlings. I’ll just leave the coverings on the beds for a couple of weeks to give the plants a head start.
And last but not least, I gave all the plants a good drink of water since getting planted outdoors after a couple of weeks in a flat can be pretty stressful. Grow, little seedlings!