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The garden, in a state of becoming 
19th-Jun-2012 06:55 am

We spent another two hours in the vegetable garden yesterday evening. We got the new raised bed to the point where we could plant in it. It still needs one more course of stones around it, and then the watering system, but we really wanted to get the plants in before the heat of the week. Rocks can wait; plants are a bit more seasonally dependent.

So here is the current garden...

This is the fabulous new bed that Achaosofkittens built. It is, of course, full of peppers and parsley.

These are my potato bags (needing more dirt) with a 1x1 raised bed in front that has pumpkin sprouts.

Left to right: watermelon, basil, purple tomatoes, basil, cucumbers. Everything still needs cages and trellises.

This bed has the other part of the salsa mix: Roma and salsa tomatoes (missing one cage) and basil.

Here is what a pair of almost-ripe pawpaw fruits look like.

We let the wild blackberries grow wherever we aren't directly working or walking.

19th-Jun-2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
So what do you do with a PawPaw?
19th-Jun-2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
Typically, we eat them raw. They smell like bananas and taste like custard.
19th-Jun-2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
ooo. how long is the growing season? friends local to my office offered that i oculd try their pawpaws last year but it took too long to find a time to come by. presumably it's the season again.
20th-Jun-2012 01:04 am (UTC)
They will be coming in ripe Any Day Now.
19th-Jun-2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
And they have really nifty seeds. They are native to VA, but you will never see them in stores as they are very thin skined and ship poorly.

Edited at 2012-06-19 06:51 pm (UTC)
19th-Jun-2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Wow!!! Spectacular... you know I've never seen a pawpaw before, let alone tasted one? They sound pretty delicious.

I love raised-bed gardening.

Edited at 2012-06-19 04:09 pm (UTC)
20th-Jun-2012 01:02 am (UTC)
I hadn't seen or really understood pawpaws until I moved to this house. Achaosofkittens had planted three (four?) of them from Edible Landscaping. Www.eat-it.com

Virginia grows clay and rocks. Most plants that I know prefer actual dirt. Rather than attempting to remove the clay and rocks and replace them, we just built open-top dirt storage containers. ::grin::
20th-Jun-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
I am familiar with clay-and-rock gardening. :) Raised beds are indeed the way to go.
19th-Jun-2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
All your talk of planting makes me think how different an environment I live in. Planting here should have been finished in February. We are now hunkering down for the long Burning Time.

This week will mostly be in the 100+ F. Today and tomorrow are supposed to be our last "cool" days, with highs only in the 94/95 F range. In the past few weeks, we have replaced and extended the soaker hoses around our house. Our goal this year: Not lose the remaining two bushes in front of our house (still half dead from last year's drought).

Planting.... Pictures of green plants! So strange.
20th-Jun-2012 01:03 am (UTC)
Yes, we have totally different seasons than you do. The only time that I have ever worn shorts on New Years was in Austin. And I've had snow on my birthday in July in Tahoe before, too.
20th-Jun-2012 02:14 am (UTC)
Wow, blackberries already? We get blackberries in late August!
20th-Jun-2012 02:16 am (UTC)
Also, no pawpaws in the West.
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