7 types of tomatoes: Juliet, Grape, Celebrity, San Marzano, Cherokee Purple, Roma, Lemon Boy
Future home of zuchinni
I noticed yesterday that my Interlaken grape had died. So sad, but I should have been suspicious of anything named Interlaken in my garden - it sounds like it belongs in Sweden. Not tough enough for the heat and humidity in Oklahoma! Or maybe it was just my not-so-benign neglect. Regardless, I jumped on this opportunity to re-purpose my grape trellis for something I've been lusting to plant - Chinese red noodle beans. YES!
Noodle beans from Baker Creek Seeds
While I was planting the red noodle yard-long beans, I saw another patch along the fence with some good sun. This patch would not have been noticeable last year, before my hard-working husband brush-hogged along the East and West fences. Now, I have a nice 2 foot spot for some Malabar spinach - another lovely heat-loving vine I've been itching to try. It's not a true spinach, but (according to my sources) looks and tastes like it, and grows well through the heat of the summer.
So I popped in a modified trellis (a jerryrigged contraption consisting of twine, nails and baby bricks leftover from our patio installation) and planted the seeds! I can't wait! I just hope my "trellis" is strong enough to hold the vines. If not, apparently the Malabar spinach does fine as a groundcover too.
Now, all that's left is to put up a teepee in the actual garden beds for the regular pole beans and a Hyacinth bean for some pizazz. I am really excited about adding color into the garden this year. I spent a lot of time out there last year, and I want to be able to look around and just smile from all the flowers. Of course, colorful herbs and flowers also are supposed to serve as companion plants to encourage pollinators and confuse the malicious insects.
After building the teepee, I need to newspaper and mulch the beds and then, of course, keep watering. Watering this year is much more fun since my son is old enough to come outside with me and run around. Last year I had to rush to water the whole area whenever he was napping. And finally, in about another week I will plant the okra, lantana, and sweet potatoes (apparently it involves something called "slips" or "starters" -?).
Hope all your gardens are looking lovely! Are you doing anything new or different this year?