Hi folks! I haven't disappeared! I just have been super busy. The garden is going well. My lettuce has finally bolted and I need to pull it up. The rabbits have been nibbling on it and I've been letting them. No recent sightings of the groundhog - the kitty litter seems to be doing the trick. I've been enjoying garlic, potatoes, raspberries, basil, mint from the garden lately. I'm STILL getting snowpeas too. I'm surprised they're still going! Pretty sure my carrots are ready but haven't pulled any up yet.
A couple mishaps - as I posted in the corn section I messed up the soap spray and killed some leaves on my tomato plants. But other than cosmetic, they don't seem no worse for the wear and still have lots of flowers and fruit coming in.
My Peruvian Giant Corn is growing taller and taller every day - it's about chest-high now (I'm 5'10). I've lost 3 stalks to wind. It's not just bending over but completely snapping off at the base. I have staked two so far. The rest are doing well.
My question pertains to my melons (which are planted WITH the corn): I am finally getting some flowers on them. I've always been nervous about the pollination of these guys and getting fruit out of them. Much to my relief I HAVE seen lots of bees around. Mostly bumbles but some smaller bees (I honestly don't know if they're honey bees or some other, but as far as I can tell they look like honey bees). My yard isn't really CRAWLING with them, but I do see a fair amount. Nothing to get me worried. I haven't cut my lawn in 2 weeks and have a healthy growth of clover. I'm planning on not cutting the lawn for awhile to continue to encourage the pollinators to come to the lawn. I have some flowers - lilies, hydrangeas, fuscia, some tropical thing that hangs, and I think the lemon is flowering but not sure. Should I hand pollinate? Or do you think I should be covered with the pollinators? And does anyone have any helpful links on hand pollinating if you think I SHOULD hand pollinate?