Today I planted more okra seed, to fill in the spots that did not germinate after the original planting. I also planted two beds with two different varieties of bean, which I intend to harvest as dry beans. I also planted some sugar pumpkins and pole beans amongst my existing Ornamental Corn stands, in an attempt to replicate the “Three Sisters” technique used by Native Americans. Here are a few pics!
Glass Gem Ornamental Corn
Although the garden is still very young, I though I would post a couple of new photos to show how things are coming along.
The ornamental corn is growing quickly. Beyond that, you can just make out some cucumber sprouts and beyond those are pepper and tomato plants. In the Square Foot Garden bed, I have the zinnia and marigold seedlings I purchased earlier in the month, along with a different variety of cucumber which I planted a couple of weeks ago.
Today I purchased some bags of topsoil and used them to repair the old spot where the Square Foot Garden bed used to be located. We are expecting rain over the next few days, which will settle the soil in. The bermuda grass will soon do its part and by the end of the summer you probably won’t be able to tell there was ever anything there.
The new fence is finished, it looks very nice. I was waiting for that work to be completed before I began planting my summer vegetable garden. I also now have about 300 square feet of additional space enclosed and will be using it to expand my gardening activities. I started off by relocating my raised bed, square foot garden into the new area, but additional garden beds will be constructed.
We had beautiful spring weather this weekend, so I began breaking ground in the vegetable garden beds. I worked composted manure into the spaces where I will be planting ornamental corn and okra later this month.
I also transplanted a volunteer tomato into the space I have allocated for that vegetable this year. It was growing in a spot where I had planted an Amish Paste tomato last year, so I assume that’s what this new plant is.
I believe one of the biggest problems I face as an Oklahoma gardener is when to actually start my vegetable garden. Spring weather here can be very violent, and just yesterday we got hail and a near miss from a tornado. Fortunately, the hail we got here was not that large but only a few miles away the hailstones were the size of baseballs. It’s not difficult to imagine what hail of that size could do to young plants.
You really cannot expect the spring storm season to end until June, but of course by then you’re already a month or more behind in your gardening. So it really is a gamble every year, trying to get the garden in while hoping the weather won’t make all your efforts wasted.