|Red KnockOut Roses are joining their white rose siblings in blooming.|
Springdale sent the truck to pick up our brush, but I had enough to fill the entire truck bed, so they stopped in front of the house. I went out to talk to them, anxious to have the jumbled mountain of limbs taken away. They laughed and said, "We will be back today when we are empty."
Sassy and I watched later as the claw truck came back and began loading. When I thought they were almost done, they made five more grabs with the claw. They raked up debris and took every last branch away. I walked outside and thanked them. They grinned and said, "We are proud of our work."
The red KnockOut roses began opening up, and most new roses are leafing out well. Tomorrow will be another round from the Intensive Creation Unit - barrel water and pruning shears.
I saw some ugly weeds growing in the back. Several were Queen Ann's Lace that I inserted by leaving seedheads in the back area. Once I recognized their carroty nature, I was happy to see them. Another ugly one had a reddish bottom part. Red root pigweed? I like that one too. I would like more goosefoot, which is wild spinach, good to eat.
Earlier I planted "spinach strawberries," a type of goosefoot that grows berries enjoyed by birds.
Parsley seems to be growing in the vegetable garden, although I remembered planting it early in the corn patch. Everything in the corn patch failed - it was too early during a volatile snow and sun spring.
Three Sisters Garden
|I hope this guy is happy with his birdfood and does not covet my sweet corn seeds.|
Sweet corn is the star of the Three Sisters Garden, and Silver Queen is the regent of all classic sweet corn. Some claim better versions with more sweetness.
- Warm soil, so early planting is foolish. Treat sweet corn like tomatoes.
- Full sun. Six hours of sun is needed, so the sunniest patch is best for corn.
- Rich soil. Corn is a heavy feeder.
- Water. Corn grows fast and is thirsty.
- Nitrogen. Nitrogen is green, growth compound.
- Close quarters for wind pollination.
|Some gourds are already planted.|
Pumpkins are good for covering the floor of the Three Sisters garden.