Thank you, heirl00m. Pickles is my sister and we live together. There's not much we two gals can't accomplish when it's a team effort. I do most of the growing and some of the canning while she does most all of the pickling and the other half of the canning. Oh, and she's in charge of growing the potatoes and keeping the mowers running.
The forecasted temps are right, the moon is right for above ground stuff, the soil temp is 75 and rain is coming in tomorrow so it's planting time. Yesterday I put in a seven hill bed of cukes 2' apart which works out well in an 18' bed. It seems to limit too many vines that restrict airflow and promote diseases but gives us all the summer cukes we need.
I also planted the first two hills of yellow summer squash. Two more jills will get planted in about two weeks. Once again I'm trying to spread out finish times.
Speaking of finish times, the first little 3" broccoli heads are forming on the first three of twelve staggered broccoli plants. Woo hoo!
I've been working on prepping the double row corn bed for Silver Queen. The big tiller is kaput and there are some big clumps of weeds that clog up the Mantis so I hoed a bunch of those out. Then I took the broadfork to a few matted patches of Bermuda grass to get that out of there. Now it's ready for the Mantis and then planting the Silver Queen two weeks from now.
There are four double rows marked off. The double rows are 12" apart with 3.5' between double rows. That will give me eight rows of corn in an area where I'd normally get five single rows spaced 3' apart.
This afternoon I'll be planting bush beans down the sides of two beds for 72' total. Might as well do it while the time is right!