Friday, February 12, 2016

This Week in the Garden: Happy (Green and Growing) Valentine's Day!

This week's update from the garden has little news to share, other than WE HAVE WATERMELON! At last and after great anticipation, the plants finally blossomed and we have female flowers with itty bitty baby watermelons.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed and the bees have been buzzing about hard at work despite the heat.  The early summer veggie plants are mostly spent and need to be removed for autumn replacements, but our pappy-pan (scallopini) squash plants are in over-drive (delicious  on the grill plan instead of potatoes!) and we still have plenty of apple cucumbers, onions, peppers, carrots, beetroot, and herbs to enjoy. Hopefully I can keep the plants healthy through our ongoing dry spell and still humid weather.  Powdery mildew, other diseases, and of course the pests insects are loving it.

In addition to harvesting fresh bites from the veggie patch, I have been snipping away at samples of our summer blooms.  Perhaps I'll see what's fresh and blooming on Sunday morning and make my own home-grown Valentine's Day bouquet or make a flower circlet to brighten up the dining table. Imagine if you received the gift of a garden plant (or some seeds/bulbs) every Valentines Day?  Your garden would be rapidly bursting at the seams. :)  Although right now, I could probably use the less romantic offerings of a potting-soil top up in the raised beds and some mulch for the flowers. Not quite as sentimental as flowers! I'll be sharing some floral preservation tips with you next week, so that you can enjoy your Valentine's Day bouquet (or garden blossoms) in other ways after the freshness starts to fade. 

What's happening in and around your garden this week?  Whatever your garden/green news, we would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment or post us a message on the GiRL Facebook page I look forward to sharing our garden with you as it grows.   


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