Every morning and every evening, I go out to the garden and check on the summer squash to see if there is one ready to harvest.
I am diligent in doing this because we all know that summer squash, if it thinks it isn't being watched, can grow at a phenomenal rate, sometimes quadrapuling in size in just a few hours.
This one is 'Cue Ball', a round summer squash that I grew for the first time last year.
It was so good, and so prolific, that I planted it again, plus another round variety called 'Eight Ball', which has a darker green skin.
Either the 'Cue Ball' or the 'Eight Ball' will probably take the prize for being the first squash picked this year, though there is a little 'Gold Rush' that caught my eye this evening that is further along than I thought.
Last year, I picked the first 'Cue Ball' on July 1st, so I won't beat that record, but I am five mowings ahead of last year, having mowed the lawn 23 times so far this year. Last year at this time, I had only mowed 18 times.
I know this kind of information about my garden and what I do in it because I keep a garden journal!
Wandering the garden this evening, I found two daylilies that I had tags for but didn't know where they were in the garden.
'Fairy Tale Pink' is out by the grape arbor, being crowded out by... I bet you think I am going to write "grapes".No, it's being crowded out by 'Stella D'Oro'. I am going to mark it and either move 'Stella...' to give it more room or find a better place to move it to, where it can grow freely and flower without all that bright yellow flower competition.
'Strawberry Candy' is trying to grow between the blue dogbane and a large, aggressive spiderwort.I'll add it to my list to move it, too.
Do you make lists of what you want to do in the garden each day?
If you think it is a good idea to write up 'to do' lists, I'll tell you that I make lists. If you think it is inhibiting and restrictive, then go ahead and skip this part. I know I won't convert you into a list maker.
One of the items on my list for today was to weed around the bird feeder post.
Check and done!It's not perfect, but it is better. By the way, for those wondering, I am not a perfectionist, but I do like things to be 'orderly'.
I also have had on my list for several days to sow some more green bean seeds.I finally got it done this evening. I know, the orderliness of the spoons impresses you!
Or puzzles you. If you are not a regular reader, to catch you up, I tried sticking plastic spoons around the beans to make a little barrier, a fortress, to keep the rabbits and cats out. So far, it has worked, though on this bed, I may need to add some more spoons to the perimeter, as it looks porous to me.
I used plastics spoons because that's what I had. Forks or knives might be even better.
Other gardening tasks on my list today were:
- Water plants. Done!
- Write up ten plant catalog pages. I'm going to do that next, starting with my two lost, now found, daylilies.
- Spot weed. Define "spot weed". I did take a hoe out to the vegetable garden and knock down a few purslane that dared to return. Does that count?
- Empty containers of violas - Did not get that done.
It's actually good not to get everything done on your 'to do' list. You know that, right? It gives you 'seed' for your list for tomorrow, a purpose for life. It helps avoid the 'blank page' writer's block that some people get when trying to write up a list from scratch.
So my list for tomorrow will start out with "empty containers of violas". And maybe I'll add 'try some nasturtium in my salad'. I have a lot of it blooming right now.
What's on your list?