Tim and Gina, Jill - welcome, and thanks for following my blog..
Photo below - a couple of the watermelon vines are growing up the wire mesh provided for them very well so far, but a person really has to help them get their little tendrils attached to the wire. As you might imagine, each vine is monitored daily for any assistance needed, and I simply move the end of a vine here, and occasionally weave one there....You could say it's extreme garden pampering, I guess.....
Photo below - thanks to a couple of limbs that were removed from some of the surrounding woods, the corn was stood back up and supported so that the plants could stand on their own again. Some small rope was weaved throughout the plants too, because the stalks just kept falling down when stood back up again.I'm just glad that some more supports were within the same area, because they became a lifesaver, due to the close proximity.
Photo below - here's a few of the tomatoes growing in swc's, and continue to make their journey upward while setting fruit along the way. With 19 plants currently growing, this should be an excellent crop as long as the weather cooperates. A visit to the garden the other day by one of my friends at work really changed his outlook on gardening, and he plans to construct some swc's for himself in the upcoming days. Of course i'll help him with putting it all together, because his current gardening situation is really hampered by torrential rainfalls.
Photo below - due to some more pretty long sticks salvaged from the surrounding woods, the beans have grown significantly over the past couple of weeks. Although the little planting won't be suitable for putting some in the freezer later, we still should be able to harvest enough for fresh eating throughout the summer.
In other news, the rain barrels could become empty before it decides to rain again. I hope not, because the plants always respond to the rainwater much better than city water. It's times like these that makes me want more storage than the 220 gallons currently saved.
Also, the Japanese beetles have arrived for the year, and liberal spraying of the grape vines will have to take place on a weekly basis. Those things sure are a real pain, and really go for the tiny grapes as they form.
Take care, and happy gardening