Eli and I went out to The Farm today--our 20x50' community garden plot. It's been very dry here in Iowa, so we wanted to irrigate our crops. Our irrigation system = a 5 gallon collapsible water container (identical to the one we took camping when I was growing up!), two 1-gallon milk jugs, and a plastic watering can.
As you can see, our plot has a lot of crabgrass growing in it. Most of our crops are space-hogs--pumpkins, gourds, and watermelon--so there's a lot of empty space around each plant. We did some hoeing last time, and mulched with straw, but there's still plenty of space for weeds . . . maybe we'll just have to keep hoeing until weed season is past (they slow down around mid-July).
I love seeing the other plots here. I would guess there are about 200 or so, each 20' x 50'. Our neighbors have these beguiling pea frames made of branches.
Despite the dry weather, our crops are doing well. The pumpkins are especially healthy-looking.
My Brussels Sprouts are doing fine, as well.
On the home front, I bought flowers for my big concrete pots that are on the patio. I moved one pot close to the back door--the one most people use.