Something's up around the fort.
I don't know if they are moonflower or morning glory. They're still wee little, so I'm going to wait a few days before I share that they're up.
When I wrote about their fort last time, I mentioned that it might not get enough sun for climbing plants that like full sun. Here's where it's located: if you look at the front of the house and gaze down toward the left...
You can see it on the edge of the clearing in front of the house. It's on the edge of the woods, but it must have gotten enough sunlight for the seeds to sprout. Here's hoping!
(In the above pictures you can see the fence I set up to keep the chickens out of my herbs, spinach and Swiss chard. I'd like to replace it with a sturdier one, but this fencing was free. Right now, free is really important.)
Juli's apple tree blossomed this year! She really likes to water it, which is great.
We're also trying to protect the apples from insects, even at this early stage. I bought these muslin drawstring bags from Fedco, made for protecting fruit. I have no idea if they'll work or not to keep the insects off, but it's worth a shot. (Have you read The $64 Tomato by William Alexander? If you like gardening, it's good for a laugh. This is where I got the idea that I needed to be proactive at protecting the fruit.)
The potatoes are up! We're using the blue bins again, but made a bigger effort at filling them with more nutritious soil. We filled each one with a flake of wet straw, then topped it off with 4-5" of compost. They like it so far.
Micah also really likes to water, which is a good thing. I think the potato bins need us to be intentional about the amount of water they get.
He also decided to water this little guy, one of the many Mammoth sunflower seedlings that popped up this week. I can't remember whose idea it was last week to measure the sunflower's growth from week to week, but we're in. It's a great idea. This week, they're an inch tall. When Juli's out of school next week, we'll be taking a posterboard and making a graph to show the average height of the sunflowers each week.
So this is a view of our sun garden---where the berry bushes and sunflowers are. This is the one I have surrounded with my "deer-deterrent" fishing line fence that some of you had wondered about. I would have preferred to use T-posts and fencing, but we just don't have the money at this point to put up a real fence. I had read that deer can get spooked by fishing line when browsing, because their heads bump into it but they can't see it. So I went to Tractor Supply and purchased their four-foot fiberglass electric fencing posts for $1.79 each, then I ran thick fishing line at the clips made to hold the fencing wire. In this way, I was able to "fence" this area for around $15. For about a month now it has kept the deer out. (Chickens and bunnies, now, would be another story.)
Today was the first really nice day of almost-summer weather. We're hoping to plant the tomatoes and peppers tomorrow, so they can take advantage of the sun and start growing. If you get a chance, hop over to The Inadvertent Farmer to see what the other KinderGardeners are up to. There are great gardens sprouting up everywhere!