to make a long story even longer because I know you're just dying to find out what happened, here's the progress that has been made since my last update:
I dug out the dreaded horseradish and Canada thistles once again
and cleared the patch for phase two of what I'm now calling Operation Victory Garden.
Here's the pile of cedar 2x6's we saved from our deck remodel a couple of years ago. I've been planning on building some new raised planters with them. After scaring away about a hundred spiders, I picked through the boards and hauled them out to the sidewalk.
I measured and cut all the boards and waited for Dave to get home,
because assembling those suckers turned out to be a two person job.
While taking a break from
screwing assembling the boxes, Dave inspected my weeding job and pointed out I'd missed some horseradish that was growing in the street in a crack between the curb and the asphalt.
He determined it was time to try a new method of eradication.
And discovered it takes a lot of heat to burn horseradish leaves.
In a last-ditch effort to keep the horseradish from coming up again, I decided to line all the planters with 1/4" metal screening and covered that with a layer of weed-blocking fabric. That step took a ridiculously long time, because the screening doesn't come in sizes wide enough to cover the bottom of the bed in one piece, and I figured if I didn't sew all the seams together that horseradish would certainly find its way through any crack.
My friends Iris and Laurie stopped by and helped shovel dirt for awhile.
This entire project has turned into a communal garden of sorts. Dave and I built the beds and provided the land and water, and my friend Laurie bought the dirt and helped fill all the planters in return for the use of the one farthest from the camera. We finally got all the vegetables and seeds planted at the end of June.
Here's what the garden looked like last week:
The corn is well over my head.
Laurie went on vacation, and by the time she got back,
And I thought I was being smart by planting only one zucchini, but I've harvested four in the past week. (Those giant leaves hide the squash until they're the size of baseball bats!)
Anyone got any good zucchini recipes?