I found the first ripe strawberry of the season this evening, on the corner of the raised bed, where it probably gets more sun. These are everbearing strawberries that I planted last year. My hope and plan is to have a few strawberries to pick all through the season, if I can beat the bunnies and birds to them. I’ve already noticed that the bunnies have eaten one section of the plants, but there should still be plenty of strawberries for me.
I also planted the tomatoes, peppers, eggplant this evening.
Are you a staker or a cager of tomatoes? I was raised a staker, and so that’s what I do. I’ve never caged a tomato in my life! I set out stakes, plant two tomatoes at each stake and then pinch off the suckers and tie the tomatoes to the stakes as they grow.
This lasts until about July 1st when I realize some suckers have gotten away from me and are bigger than the main plant. Then I just do what I can to contain the tomatoes and swear that next year I’ll do better. So this year, I will do better!
Here’s a picture of how I do my stakes.
I planted Beefsteak, Oregon Spring, Cluster Grande, German Johnson and Jelly Bean Grape tomatoes, all started from seed this spring. I still have room for a few more tomatoes, so I’ll venture out to find something in the garden centers to fill in with this weekend.
By the way, in the picture of the stakes, ignore that mess behind there, that’s the compost bin piles. I have some bamboo screening that I put around all that to hide it better, but the screening is in the attic and I just haven’t gotten it down yet. But I will this weekend!
I will also finish planting all the summer vegetables by this weekend, a little each evening. Tomorrow night, I think I’ll plant the squash and cucumbers.
Does anyone want to help? What I could use everyone’s help with is rain. If you know how to conjure up some rain, please do so for central Indiana. The weatherman said this is the driest spring since ’92. I can smell how dry it is (you know that funny dry smell, don’t you?). When I hoed up the raised beds for the tomatoes and peppers, I raised up big dust clouds. We need real rain, not just a sprinkle. We need a steady rain for an entire day.
Oh, and that ripe strawberry pictured above. Like I said, I’m competing with the bunnies and birds to get to these. Yes, I could cover the strawberry patch with white cloth to protect them, and I just might. In the meantime, though score is Carol 1, bunnies and birds 0.
And it was very good!