I went around singing that song last night. Because it's true! It's garden-plantin' time. Woohoo! It was pretty wet over the weekend, but Hubby still managed to roto-till the garden plot and got the steer manure all worked in. We amend with steer manure in the spring and with compost in the fall. There's no real scientific reason. It's just that.... our compost doesn't compost over the winter. It just kind of sits there. Compost needs heat to really cook it. So, we just keep collecting composting materials over the winter, but it's the summer when it really goes to town. Anyhow, so the garden plot got roto-tilled over the weekend (and Hubby did a great job of maneuvering around my fennel which is still growing)
and we gave it a couple of days to dry out after the four inches of rain we got when we were gone to sunny Las Vegas last week. Now, it's time to plant. I got these lovely Japanese cucumbers from the nursery the other day. Aren't they cute? I just love pictures of baby plants. Now I've just got to save them from those dastardly snails. Japanese cucumbers are really the best ones to plant. They are tasty and don't seem to have problems with bitterness. One year, I planted regular cucumbers and pretty much threw them all out because of bitterness. See, there they are in the little 6-pack at the bottom of the trellis. Training cucumbers to climb a trellis was my gardening success story last summer. Not only does it save a lot on space (you're going up and not out), but it helps your cukes grow nice and straight, and it keeps them up out of the mud and away from some garden pests. That trellis is a wonderful thing. I grow peas on it (as you can see in the background of that picture) and I've grown green beans, too. And there's a few of my tomatoes. My mom got more than she needed, so she gave me some of hers. There's a couple of Celebrities in there and an Early Girl. I'm also going to get some Romas for canning and homefully my aunt will give me some of her heirloom tomatoes. Last fall, we had a bbq and my aunt brought these tomatoes that were just.... just.... indescribable. Especially for October. Well, actually for any time. They were huge and delicious and a little odd shaped, but we forgave them for that. I wish I would have taken a picture. So, hopefully those will come up again in her garden and she told me she'd give me some. And we'll also have our cherry tomatoes. We get tons of those as volunteers every year.
I also planted some zucchini and some bush beans (green beans that grow on bushes, you don't have to string them up) and carrots and some basil. Oh, and I can't forget red peppers for Hubby and I'm trying these new hybrid hot pepper called Mucho Nacho. I have no idea what they are like, but it says they are good for salsa. On the side of our house we're going to plant some viney things - canteloups, watermelon and pumpkins. I told you we have a little farm here on our suburban lot. I'd like to get some chickens sometime, but I think out cat Socks would have too much fun with that. So, we'll leave it at this. I may find some fun things to plant later on this spring and stick them in there, too. That's the fun of gardening.