Today was lovely with a thin cloud cover keeping the sun from baking everything, so after work I hit the garden for an hour before dinner. I couldn’t tell if we had seedlings with all the grass and oats coming up!
For lack of another option (other than a rototiller, and I haven’t decided exactly which one I want yet), I bought this “backhoe” garden hoe.
I’d wanted an oscillating hoe, or even a regular hoe, but couldn’t find anything (admittedly, I didn’t have time to really shop around) so I gave this “newfangled contraption” as my dad would have called it, a try. It works – easily cutting and digging up weed roots and turning the soil. I got the tomato corner done (the tomatoes are waiting to be put in the ground) as you can see in the photo here, plus some hand weeding around seedlings, before heading in to make dinner. Everything is growing well except the radishes. I posted a photo (the 5th one, below) to a local gardener group and they identified this plant’s issue as flea beetles. Google tells me diatomaceous earth will work for them, so I’ll be applying another dusting all over tomorrow.
Inside, the seedlings are coming along. The spaghetti squash is just lovely, while the pumpkins and habaneros finally started popping up. The broccoli, cauliflower, and backup cabbages are all growing well. Once they have a strong set of 2nd leaves, they’ll be transplanted into the newly weeded garden.
Elsewhere on the farm, my first hydrangea is blooming. It’s still waiting to be put in the ground along with all the other plants and most of the trees we ‘ve been collecting, but I am at least able to keep them alive while they wait!