Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Maple Hill Hop 48

Maple Hill Hop

Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop
This is a hop for folks who love the outdoors.
Feel free to post about anything that's going on
in your neck of the woods.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)

Last week, we talked about the start of our fall garden.

The good news is that the beans are up.
This is the Slenderette variety,
and they are mighty tasty.

My farmer friends, Faye & Lynn had given me some lettuce seedlings,
to help me get a jump start on the goodies we're growing.

The bad news is that since we're still having oppressive heat,
most of them got burned up.
The cell packs really should have stayed on the covered patio
for another couple of weeks before planting.
So much of gardening is "in the moment",
and it takes a lot of flexibility to determine what will work in any given situation.

We had these screens just taking up space in our garage 
after they were replaced by our solar screens.

A few paver bricks were called into service.

The rain can still get through, 
but the plants will be protected from the scorching sun.
Not being equipped with shadecloth, we make due with what we have.

The newly planted lettuce and parsley seeds 
will also be shielded from extremes in sun exposure or wind.

Barring any really rough weather,
we should be able to transplant these goodies in a couple of weeks.
Homegrown lettuce far surpasses what's for sale at the grocery.
We also broadcast some dill seed,
mostly to host caterpillars.
Eggplant and tomato starts will be left in their cell packs 
for a bit longer until temperatures simmer down.
What's going on outside where you are?