The past couple of days have been filled with sunshine and warm temps. I'm sure it must have gotten at least up into the upper 70s today. My time has been happily spent outside playing in the berry patches and vegetable gardens.
It's been sunny and warm enough that even my tan lines have begun to appear. (Why don't my legs ever tan as easily as my arms?) In typical northern Minnesota fashion, we seem to have gone from cold, wet, damp, foggy "spring" weather to full blown summer. (Still no sign of biting bugs though. Shhhh!)
The pumpkin patch is waiting to be weeded and tilled up. This picture makes it look as though it has more weeds than it actually does. Dear husband mowed the lawn today and lots of grass clippings got blown onto the patch.
My time has been spent getting the raspberries, blueberries and our three (experimental) haskcap berry bushes totally weeded. Papa Pea will put some compost around each bush tomorrow, and then I'll mulch the raspberries and put some peat moss around the blueberries and haskcap berries.
Nothing (other than the strawberry patch) has been done in the field garden yet, and I'm feeling bad about not having the shell peas already planted in there. But having it done earlier just wasn't in the cards this year.
I've also been planting in the raised beds. They're coming along faster than I had even hoped. So far I've gotten in:
~ An experimental planting of two teeny-tiny cherry tomato plants under hot caps
~ Three beds of onions, two of yellow and one of red
~ A bed of lettuce, spinach, mizuna mustard, arugula and kale
~ Sixteen feet of carrots (which has proven to be just right for us)
~ Morning Glories around the tepee trellis
~ The first four rows of radishes (more to come in succession planting)
~ Two four foot trellises of sugar snap peas
~ My usual planting of Sweet Peas
Geesh, now that I list it, it doesn't sound like that much. I'd better step it up tomorrow!
There are also two raised beds of garlic I planted last fall. One of a softneck variety and one of a hardneck variety.
The rhubarb is in the middle of a bed with comfrey planted on either end. I'm thinking some rhubarb stalks will be big enough for harvesting this coming week. Yum!
All in all, a very productive last couple/few days in the garden. It really feels so good to be out there playing in the dirt. We're taking a little time off tomorrow, and there is the chance of some rain so that may curtail our progress in the garden a bit. (And give a little rest to our bodies which might not be a bad thing!)
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