Last week-end I headed out to cut bamboo for my pole beans and squash/zucchini. My brother has a yard full of bamboo, and offered a few pieces for my garden.
We cut 7 foot pieces for my pole beans and tied them at the top with twine, and about 10 pieces of various sizes for my other vining veggies. I planted Blue Lake pole and bush beans and several bush Wax beans in this area. All are coming up nicely.
This is the squash trellis I made. It's amazing how a pole can look straight while you're in one position, and totally off when you're in another. That will teach me to wait until I have help. I'll straighten it out tomorrow when I have another set of eyes, lol.
I found this fabulous old peach orchard ladder and decided to put it the garden this year. It contains my $2.00 clearance daisy from Lowes. I have more bush beans and Roma tomatoes under it. I'll pot up a few plants to place on the other steps of the ladder this week-end. I have just about everything in, I need to add a few more cukes, dill, red onions and some additional flowers. Can't wait to make pickles this year.
My peppers are flowering. I planted 15 chili, cayenne, Hungarian, jalapeno and 2 sweet. I have 2 pink Brandy Wine, 1 Hillbilly, 2 Paul Robeson, 1 Beefsteak, and 1 German Johnson that survived. Didn't do well with my tomato germination, hopefully next year I will be more successful. I was truly hoping for a few Cherokee Purple. I searched the local garden centers, and none carried Cherokee Purple for replacements. Heirlooms are rare in most garden centers in my area. Not sure where I went wrong. I think next year, I won't attempt to transplant them as early. I'll wait until their stronger.
I'm hoping that my cages will hold the heirlooms. How do you cage your tomatoes? I may add a few of the bamboo poles for reinforcement this week-end. If they get as heavy as the Amish Paste did last year, I'll need it. What's in your garden this year?