I have been remiss in getting my Spring (almost Summer now) garden in, what with the rain and traveling and staying busy - we literally went from the end of Spring to Summer in a week. But I had a late start to Iaijtustu class yesterday, so I made some time.
As an update, The Redneck Raised Bed is going well. If you look just beyond the neighbor's squash plant growing through the fence...
You will see the friendly little sweet potato sprouts. This is promising. And the watering situation seems to be very effective.
In terms of the rest of the garden, this is what we have (tomatoes and peppers have already been planted):
First thing was to pull up the green onions (I honestly thought they were garlic):
This year's line up: Black eyed peas, Soybeans, Lemon Cucumbers, Daikon Radishes, Valencia Onions and Mill Creek Onions (from seed; not a lot of expectation there); Okra, Royal Burgundy Bush Beans; Calypso Dry Beans, Lemon Cucumbers, Sugar Drip Sorghum, and a new corn variety, Bloody Butcher (I refuse to not prove I can grow corn here and will continue to rotate varieties):
I got everything into the ground except the Calypso Beans and the Sugar Sorghum , as the Wheat and Rye I planted has not completed the drying process. Sorghum grows very well here so no worries there.
As you may remember last year, I took Leigh Tate's most excellent solution of using Ollahs, sealed clay pots, as localized watering points. These worked okay, but I still had issues with overall dryness. I fully intend to exploit the ollahs again this year, but am also rigging a watering system (hereby called The Redneck Sprinkler System) for daily watering - especially with going back to The Ranch one week out of every four, it just seems like a lower risk overall (yes, I know I am hitting the walkway. Working on it). It also hits that back section, which now frees that up for a big more usage. I currently have mint there and it loves the moisture. I enjoy mint for the odor and the plant itself, so it makes me happy:
The one issue is the spot right under the sprinkler: It is dry (the former sprinkler I was using - which was actually pretty effective - they no longer seem to make. Trying the other Big Box store today to see what they have).
In terms of expanding the garden, I am counting the Redneck Raised Bed as my expansion (really, wasted space otherwise). I think I can make more progress with more intensely gardening the area that I have.