Saturday, July 18, 2009

Luxuries, Potatoes and Butternuts

I figured buying all of the materials for the raised beds, seeds and transplants would be pushing the financial envelope enough without garden gadgets. I've been using my husband's shovel and a small little rake and hoe that I believe were once my mother-in-law's. However, most of my close in gardening is done with the boy's toy hand shovel and rake. They're metal and have the cutest little bumble bee handle, and he reminds me often that they belong to him and I need to ask before I use them.

I did purchase a stellar pair of gloves and once I burned the stems of my plants with sprinkled fertilizer, I bought this little beauty.

It's main purpose is to help distribute the liquid fertilizer from the bottle you insert on the other end, but it's real help is that you can switch it to use just water. The nozzle has different settings and my favorite thing is that the trigger locks on or you can turn the whole thing off.

I know many of you have drip irrigation, but the hose I use to water the corner yard doesn't have a nozzle at all and the hose for the other corner yard does have a nozzle, but it's so powerful it will kill you as soon as look at you, let alone shoot all of your soil and plants right out of that box. It really is better suited to pressure wash the driveway. :)

Now I can water with style and even take a break to talk to my neighbor over the fence without letting water run everywhere.

I'm a happy gal.

It's been a while since I've showed you the other corner yard. Things are moving along there quite nicely. The sweet potatoes are just now vining, although some are showing some very holy leaves and others just look quite funky.
The butternut squash looks like it will flower this week. This picture was taken last weekend.
The butternuts are rooting every so often like the sweet potatoes are. Call me ignorant, but I didn't know they did that. Makes me wonder when people say to trellis you take away its ability to get nutrients by not letting it root at every nodule?

The morning comes early. Sweet gardening dreams.


  1. I love garden gadgets. My favorite would have to be my 36" water wand, it's like a third arm! I didn't know squash rooted along the stem either, good to know. I to wonder if ground grown ones would do better then trellised.

  2. Glad you could get some things that you needed! I hope to get some mulch for my pathways... sometime....

    Have you grown sweet potatoes before? They are so yummy! I don't know if I can grow them here in Wyoming...

    Happy weekend!

  3. Cute nozzle you have there, little girl ;-)

    I noticed my yellow crookneck squash rooted along the vine last year, which was a good thing. The new growth didn't have powdery mildew, so I could cut off the old sickly growth and not lose the entire plant.

  4. I'd love to see a pic of the boys' gardening tools....I love bumblebees. And don't forget to clean em up before you return them!

  5. Maybe you should market these "boy tools" and sell them mass market to grown up gardeners. They sound handy!

  6. Dan, I was wondering the same thing about trellising them. It could be better by allowing more intake of nutrients, but then could it put more energy into rooting than growing the fruit? I don't know.

    Toni, I haven't grown them before, but I'm excited to dig them up! Hopefully I'll have something TO dig up.

    Just Jen!!! I've missed you! Good to see you again.

    Thanks, Granny. I like your new picture.

    Sue, I'll put those pictures up when I get back.

    Rosey, I'm telling you, even his sand shovel makes a great tool for shoveling out of potting soil bags.