This has been the first real spring weather we’ve had in years. Most of the vegetables don’t seem to like it — but the perennials are doing fabulous and loving the cool weather and ample rain fall.
I’m expecting company next week and had hoped to have the garden looking wonderful. But it doesn’t.
I’ve already told you about my peas not coming up. They’ve always been the most beautiful thing in the spring garden and I’ve always taken their success for granted. Nothing I can do at this point — but I’m thinking of planting a crop for fall (with different seed) — which I usually don’t have to bother with.
My beautiful tomato seedlings were outgrowing the available space under my makeshift cold frame. So in spite the cold nights (below 50 degrees) that I knew they wouldn’t like, I transplanted them to their prepared spots. You should see them now. They don’t look like the wonderful lush green plants I put in on April 24th. Some of the leaves have turned yellow and they seem to me reduced in size by at least half.
- Two baby rabbits got in the garden today. Where is Mr. McGreggor when you need him? (You’ll remember him from the story of Peter Rabbit.
- I noticed one of my onions was drooped. When I pulled it — I found that a vole had eaten the roots and onion and left the top.
I’ve got traps set.
Have germinated but are not impressive at all. Not making a radish yet.
Lost winter-sown turnips except for a few.
Alive but so small you only see them if you get up close.
Doing better than anticipated due to competition from “monster” tree roots.
First planting is up. Second planting still under ground. Will do the 3rd and final planting towards the end of May.
Finally growing although I lost at least half of what I planted.
I didn’t put any new stuff in because —based on last year— I thought the wintered over kale would be enough. As it turns out —the wintered over plants are about 1/4 the size of last years!
Do not look as lush this year. They are about 12 to 14 years old and that’s still young.
Look good and in bloom.
Onion from transplants have strong roots but are not growing quite as quickly as usual. Onions from seed look tiny but healthy. Anxious to see what happens there.
I’ve been picking a good sized bowl of lettuce everyday since March — but no one could tell by standing at the garden gate and looking things over. I’ve been planting for months and have lots of lettuce but a lot of it’s slow growing.
More Hot Weather Crops plants last week
Last week I planted squash, cukes, more peppers, more tomatoes, and Chard via the wintersown method. Rather than leaving them inside to germinate I foolishly thought it would be warm enough outside. Nothing is happening — so I’ll bring them back in tomorrow and put them on my washing machine until germination.
If it doesn’t warm up — won’t be much point in putting them in the garden.
Looks fabulous! Very pleased.
Did great! I’m letting some of it go to seed so I can save the seed.
Flower seed started
Lots of flower seed that I started via winter-sown is still very tiny — so I have not bothered to transplant it — and will wait for the weather to warm a bit.
Perennials in the Borders
The flower borders in general are loving this weather! Ample rain and cool temperatures has made everything look beautiful. A little slow to bloom but coming along.
A reader, Rebekah, commented to thank me yesterday for a post I wrote in mid June of last year. I went back and read the post again. It was encouraging. I knew I had heard all this “nothing is growing — leaves are yellowing, etc.” somewhere before. It was in my garden last year.
I started looking forward to a fabulous season, after I reminded myself that plants are on nature’s schedule and not mine.
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