Since I have returned to normalcy, and have devoted the bulk of my hours outdoors each day, instead of doing meaningless nonsense behind a computer each day, I have taken up gardening with a passion.
Here are some pics that exhibit the effort I have made to do a first-class job of gardening. From our house roof, looking eastward.
On the right half of the garden, I elected to plant three squares of sweet corn to spread out the harvest.
Square #1 (closest) was planted with 'Early Sunglow Hybrid' on April 10. It has a 63-DTH (days to harvest) period, meaning that I anticipate harvesting it beginning on June 12.
Square #2 (middle) was planted with "Xtra Tender 20173' on April 28. It has a 73-DTH period, meaning that I anticipate harvesting it beginning on July 10.
Square #3 (farthest) will be planted with "Hawaiian Supersweet #9' on May 15. With an estimated 80-DTH period, I anticipate harvesting it on August 3.
It will be fun to see when we do start harvesting these three varieties of corn. In Square 1, we companion-planted the area with sweet potatoes. We did this last year in the sweet corn area. The sweet potatoes basically just get themselves established during the corn cycle, and then take over the garden area the corn was in, AFTER the corn has been harvested and the stalks removed. We got a lot of sweet potatoes in the corn area last year and hope to do the same this year, at least in the first and second squares.
Going back to the first picture, the zoysiagrass, Bermudagrass, and Kentucky bluegrass is established on top of black plastic (polyfilm) in a layer of organic garden 'soil'. I am trying to see how fast I can plant sprigs (zoysia, Bermuda) and seed (KY blue), and get harvestable sod (capturing ALL the roots, since it's planted on plastic). The inner row of blueberries is 'Pink Lemonade' blueberries, and the flanking rows are 'Sunshine Blue'.
We now have three hives (colonies) of bees. We planted buckwheat (50' x 50') area in the back of our property to allow us to have buckwheat honey. There seems to be a strong divergent opinion on the flavor of this very dark honey. Some people love it and swear by it. Others don't care for its rather distinct molasses-like flavor. We'll see...