So spring has brought with the  pine pollen which we living in the South dread. It makes everything from cars, to sidewalks to outdoor furniture yellow. The occasional rain relieves us of the blight for only a brief time. When the rain stops the yellow is back. . . If you wonder where the yellow went, it’s here in the Carolinas!

Anyway, as the weather has become tolerable, we have prepared a much larger garden bed than last year.  We have put in a small irrigation system which uses both a drip tape and sprinklers to provide water to the seeds and plants.  I bought it two years ago and was sort of intimidated about using it.  But I thought this time what the heck?  It will probably be more consistently watered.  And if we get rain I can always turn it off.  

This took lots of tilling!    Here is our new garden plot with compost added. 

Last years garden was mainly lettuce carrots and tomatoes.   The tomatoes grew best providing lots of great tasting cooking tomatoes.  They made a super sauce.  I’ve kept seeds and have some growing already in pots and in the ground. 

This year we have two zucchini, three yellow squash, three cucumbers, two watermelons, two cantaloupes.    These are somewhat experimental since I’ve never grown those before.  That is why I’ve selected only a few of each.  There are also a bunch of lettuce: red leaf and radicchio .  I’m also going to plant some seeds so we have more available as this stuff matures.   I’ve also planted onions, carrots and radishes.  Today we built a large trellis for pole beans.  I haven’t  planted them yet, but will later this week. 

 Oh yes I have discovered that luffa are a type of gourd that grows like any other squash.   I understand that they are edible, but I’d like to let them dry and used the insides for bath scrubbers.  I’ve also been told that one can cut them down the middle nad make dish cloths out of them.  It will be very interesting to see!

I hope to have more photos of the planted garden and the trellis next time.  Thanks for reading!