Letters to Gardening Friends, June 14, 2009

Dear Dee and Mary Ann and gardening friends everywhere,

These letters are sure making me look at my garden differently this year, knowing that I am going to write each week to let you know how it is growing. As a result, I'm doing stuff I might otherwise have procrastinated on or maybe even skipped this year, like mulching the paths.

Yes, yesterday, I finally mulched the paths between the raised beds in my vegetable garden. I was getting tired of telling you two and everyone else to not look at the paths in my weekly picture. Plus I thought they looked bad, too.

I had a nice window of opportunity (WOO) for it, with the high temperature predicted to be in the mid-70’s, which is very comfortable to work in. It took three cubic yards of mulch and most of the day to do all the paths. I buy this particular mulch a truckload at a time, bring it home, unload it, spread it around, rest a bit, then go back for the next load. Fortunately, no one at the mulch store cares much about how you look which was good because as the day wore on, I looked like, well, like someone who had been spreading mulch all day long. They are very friendly there and on the third load, the guy gave me an extra big scoop of it.

Then this morning I went out to harvest what I could find, and I found quite a bit.

That’s probably the last of the lettuce, radishes, and green onions. Any onions left in the garden now I’ll let grow on for fall harvest.

Not included in the picture are a few strawberries I picked later. They are probably the last berries of the season, too, but I’m not complaining because my little patch provided me with a lot of strawberries this year. Several people have asked me what variety I grow, but I can’t remember. I’ll have to hunt for the plant tag or the receipt. I do know I mail ordered them.

I’m particularly proud of my peas. I know I’m always saying something is my “best crop ever”, but this really is my best pea crop ever. I attribute it to the rain and cool weather we’ve had so far this spring. That mess of peas I picked this morning ended up being eight cups worth after I shelled them. And there are more peas to pick later this week.

Not surprisingly, the sweet peas in the garden are also doing well, but I’ll post about them in my Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post tomorrow.

Elsewhere in the garden, the squash plants are getting bigger and the corn is growing taller. We used to always say corn should be “knee high by the fourth of July”, but mine is knee high now and always is by this time. If it really waited until July 4th to get to just knee high height, I'd consider it a big problem and would wonder what was wrong.

The tomatoes, green beans and peppers are growing nicely, too, and I’m seeing a few blooms on them. Which reminds me, I need to get out there and plant some more green beans where I’ve pulled out the lettuce. And I want to try to grow lettuce this summer to see if I can at least get enough thinnings to make it worthwhile.

Until next week,

Flowers and veggies for all,


P.S. Oops, I almost forgot, here’s a picture of the garden today.

I took it in the rain earlier in the afternoon. I didn’t think we had rain in the forecast, but it rained anyway, then the sun came out again. That delayed me getting back out to the garden to weed after I mowed the lawn. So for now, ignore the weeds. Look at the paths! How pretty with the new mulch!

I promise I’m probably outside right now as you read this letter, pulling those doggone weeds.

P.S.S. Don’t forget that tomorrow is Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! I’m still holding out for a squash blossom to show up for it.


  1. Carol, those paths look so splendid I can't see a weed one. It also all looks so orderly. Mine is so crazy and will nilly in comparison. Your peas were delish I am sure. I harvested the last of mine today too.~~Dee

  2. My GBBD post is ready for tomorrow's posting! :-) Your garden looks So Good!!

  3. Peas, peas, peas! I wish I had some peas! Give peas a chance!

    Great job on those mulched paths. The garden looks tidy and fresh.

  4. Fresh peas would be tasty right now! No one I know locally is growing peas! g

  5. first time I've read your letter. I enjoyed it, plus, indeed, the mulch is lovely and your veggie garden looks healthy and productive. I spent the day expanding my front yard beds on the perimeter of my lot. I do believe it was about 8 hours at this task. Then I planted a few things that have been waiting for a home. I love doing this!!! Jeannie

  6. The garden looks spic n' span & shipshape from the photo. The cooler temperatures this year have been a boon to the lettuces.
    BTW, "knee-high by the 4th of July" does apply to corn around here.

  7. Great harvest Carol. I love those mulched paths, doesn't it just make everything look nice & finished? :)

  8. Great pea harvest, Carol - and the mulched paths awesome. Between paths and bench I think you'll have to start calling it the Potager.

    That playsoft mulch sounds quite interesting - another Indiana invention it appears!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  9. I chuckled at your description about going to get mulch- I'm one of the people that loads it- and yes, we don't care how you look because we are probably worse! The only ones we make fun of (after they leave) are the old men wearing black socks with shorts and the woman that came in with rollers in her hair (they were the HUGE plastic ones!).

  10. Carol, your veggie garden and produce look wonderful, and the paths with their fresh mulch make me want to take a stroll.

  11. Your garden looks so pleasant to be in and what lovely trugs and baskets you have for your harvest.

    I love new mulch on my paths. Almost nothing beats it for making the garden look tidy and "pulled together". I know I've spent more money on mulch this year than on plants...and that's not even counting the huge load of garden soil/compost I just had delivered.

  12. I always love the images of your garden - it looks so beautiful, and in the hot and humid south, it is next to impossible for have such a vegetable garden. I'll have to just enjoy yours!! (But what I would give to grow some crockneck yellow squash...)


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