By Courtney Terry / Courtney’s Thumb
It’s true what they say about time…the older you are, the faster it flies by. I’ve been meaning to write my column for a couple of months now, it seems there is always something else that needs my attention too: house to clean, dogs to shave, plants to plant, bugs to kill, weeds to pull, wine to drink and the list goes on and on…
My last and perhaps favorite gladiolas are blooming this week. The freesias, though mostly gone now, actually bloomed this year for me and were quite beautiful. The hyacinths have faded away as well and have been replaced by marigolds for cover crop color; we’ll see how well they fair. My hydrangeas are pink and slightly purple, a nice surprise since they did not bloom at all last year due to a young and spirited black lab that liked to dig a hole and lay under the bushes. This spring she was reminded of her ill spent youth and declined from digging, it shows in the blooms.
My vegetable garden has been a full-time part-time job! I’m kind of glad I decided not to plant the other two beds with vegetables, as I can barely maintain the three I have now. I’ve got heads of broccoli that requires restraint to not pick and eat. Okra being harvested daily and a fine crop of tomatoes, especially for someone who only likes them green and deep fried! Unfortunately my squash has had a rough go of it. I started off with three different summer squash plants, a zucchini, a yellow, and the light green fat squash, all met an untimely death. As soon as my first few squash were picked the plant immediately wilted and no amount of water, fertilizer, or loving conversation could bring them back from their terminal wilted situation. Needless to say it’s hard to enjoy squash fritters when the plant dies…So, after my third plant met with the same fate, I enlisted some advice from a master gardener friend, he said “squash bugs,” they’ll do it every time. I went home with my new found knowledge and examined what was left of the plant; it was covered in mating bugs. I grabbed my Sevin dust and went to sprinkling! I planted some more squash and so far, no bugs!
On the other side of my garden graciously growing is sweet corn…a moment of silence for the yumminess! I’m probably most excited about the corn; there is something about all homegrown produce, broccoli and sweet corn being my favorite. The grill calls these guys and all you need is butter! Channel Paula Deen, grab some tin foil, butter and fire up the pit, I hear summer calling!
Hope all those gardens out there have a producing year and don’t forget to water!!!