Friday, May 20, 2022
Sunday, May 15, 2022
I will not plant cucumbers before June. I will not plant cucumbers before June. I will not plant cucumbers before June. I will not plant cucumbers before June. I will not plant cucumbers before June. I will not plant cucumbers before June. I will not plant.....
Maybe I'll plant the beans...
One of my general rules is to wait until June before planting cucumbers, summer squash and beans. That way the soil is warm and dry, night temps are high enough, and I don't have to deal with the wild fluctuations of May. And most importantly the cucumber beetles hatch and there is nothing out there to eat. The past week has had daytime temps in the eighties and night time temps in the sixties and it is getting harder and harder to wait. Yesterday I was sitting near the garden and the table next to me looked like it had been sprinkled with black pepper. It was flea beetles! I haven't planted anything that they will want to eat this year but it was a good reminder. There are pests out there ready to devour my garden.
|Peas and Lettuce|
|Three plantings of Carrots|
Thursday, May 12, 2022
|Dahlia tubers laid out per plan|
|and under they go|
|Sweet Corn Bed|
|First and second planting of peas and lettuce|
Carrots in foreground and potato grow bags in background
|Smaller are Parrot King tulips and Charming Beauty ready to bloom|
Thursday, May 5, 2022
They have been ready to go for a couple of days but had the good sense to wait for a sunny day.
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Finally the temperatures are back to "normal". It was cold and snowy all day yesterday, never getting out of the 30s. But this morning dawned bright and clear and the temps have been in the mid-40s which is average for our April. For a change I didn't have to worry about anything being too hot or too cold. Everything was just as it should be.
|Nantes Half Long Carrots|
|They look like big hairy donuts.|
The sprouts are pink and the white stuff is the shavings they were packed in
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Today's forecasted high was 78 degrees. It was 53 when I got up this morning and by noon it had hit 83 degrees in the shade and it stayed there all day. It is currently, at 5pm, 81 on the north wall of the house. For several days I debated whether to change the broccoli and cauliflowers to the insect mesh but since tomorrow is supposed to return to more reasonable weather, I decided instead to just run their pant legs up. I didn't want them to cook in their little greenhouse.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Sunday, April 17, 2022
It seems it always does this on Easter morning, no matter how many pretty days we have beforehand. It's as if Mother Nature has something against little girls in bright bonnets and egg hunts on the lawn.
Friday, April 15, 2022
|A Beautiful Sunny Spring Morning|
|My potato shipment came and is on the garden shed counter "chitting"|
|My spring bulb order came and was inspected but isn't ready to plant yet.|
|Closeup of peas and lettuce|
|This Gala apple is a late bloomer like the Northern Spy|