This week, my gardening has brought about some relocation and identity changes. My poor basil was not growing and the square it was in kept getting overgrown by grass. Since I'm starting to see baby tomatoes last week, I decided that if garden bruschetta was going to be on my August menu, my basil needed and intervention.
I very carefully dug it up from it's overgrown home, separated each plant and moved them into squares vacated by spinach. Now they have their own, weed free space to live and each plant has a little bit more room to grow.
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My poor green beans are another story. I planted them while tending GBaby (15 months old at the time). I thought I was doing fine until the row of beans came up and there was a 2-foot gap in the seedlings poking through the ground. I thought that maybe I had just planted them a bit deeper. Now, my theory is that I was chasing a toddler and lost track of where I had planted! So, my green beans came up. My citronella chunks were protecting them from the Garden Beast all seemed right in Green Bean Row. I saw blossoms - even better. Then I started to see tiny baby green beans. This is great, but are they supposed to start climbing the trellis before they make green beans? I went back to the packet to find that it was non-specific as to which type of green beans it contained: pole beans or bush beans. We had picked up the packet at the local farm stand and we were assured they were pole beans. So I went to google. Google says: bush beans.
If you're familiar with square foot gardening, you know that bush beans and pole beans require rather different planting patterns. So far my bush beans that have been planted very densely, seem to be doing ok. I'm not sure if I want to try to move some of the plants to thin it out or just leave them. Any thoughts?
Also in the yard, blueberries are getting ripe, wild red and black-cap raspberries are sprouting out around our property and cucumbers are on the way!
I'm also experimenting with some natural weed killing solutions to deal with the grass in some of my beds. I'll let you all know how it works out in a couple weeks :)
This post is linked at An Oregon Cottage's Tuesday Garden Party.