Susun & John's Straw Bale House beside Montezuma Well National Monument in Rimrock, Arizona
Monday, August 8, 2011
How does your garden grow?
We promised a post on our garden yesterday but gave you six posts on a Road Trip instead. So, here's a note about the garden a day late. Things WERE progressing quite well as of Saturday. Look at that beautiful corn--tallest urban corn in Idaho Falls! (Be sure to click on the little photo above--a great big one will open and you can check out the corn in more detail.) Well, a storm blew through Saturday night and flattened the corn. Oops. It didn't touch the sunflowers and the holly hocks merely yawned. The corn threw in the towels and tassels and did a lay down. We tried to resurrect it but our corn is gone. No mo watchin' the corn grow. As usual the squash plants are prolific. Who's aren't? We're still pea pickers. Planting them down in the shade helped keep them productive so far through this summer. It looks like they will continue to produce now that the temps have dropped. We're getting some little ripe tomatoes but they don't have enough sun to grow big and beefy like the seed magazine cover photos. Our best garden success requires so skill whatsoever--holly hocks. They are totally self-maintaining. They shrug off any kind of pest, even pesky kids who try to pluck their blossoms. They are amazing plants and we have yet to see any holly hocks anywhere in this city that rival these. The hocks were a bit puny last year but we amped up our soil with some voodoo fertilizer from the local batch plant and the hocks have gone wild once again. We will measure the tallest one soon. We suspect it's over ten feet and still reaching farther into the sky. This size of a garden is about the maximum that we are interested in creating. It's fun to watch and a delight to maintain.