Thanks to the little cloches that were put over them for protection from temperatures in the mid-thirties a while back, the squash are still kicking - and growing by the day. Setting the transplants out in the garden 3 weeks ago was certainly flirting with disaster, but it seems I got kinda lucky this time around.
Photo below - here's a yellow crookneck squash plant (1 of 4) that's thankful of the much drier weather as of late, and appreciative of the abundance of sunshine, too.
Photo below - the lone plant at the top of the picture is butternut squash, which will be allowed to run up the trellis adjacent to it. The two just below it are both zucchini - as indicated by the signature leaves. This area will become filled with growth later on, and of course upside-down tomato cages will be used to keep them in their alotted space.
Photo below - the little work table used as both potting bench and clamping wood to when cutting for the many construction projects around here had seen better days, and required an overhaul to provide continued use in the future. So, the top was removed and discarded.
Photo below - thin pieces of salvaged angle iron were then welded to the original frame with my little homemade welding machine - making it have a longer profile, and much sturdier too. Although not shown in the picture, a piece was also welded across the center of the frame - then scrap pieces of 2x4's screwed to all sides for giving me something to fasten the new top to.
In other news, some plants were added to the large flowerbed beside the driveway - although several more are needed before becoming fully planted. Some creeping phlox and colorful flowers were also added to the wheelbarrow planter, and in a few months should grow to really enhance it.
I also took advantage of some whole fryers being on sale at 88 cents/lb. the other day, and loaded the smoker with them - along with some venison from the freezer. When finished, everything was wrapped and put back in the freezer, so they can be removed and allowed to thaw one chicken at a time...When smoking meat, I like to fill the thing up, because it takes just as much effort and time...
Take care, and happy gardening