Thursday, June 5, 2014

Quick Walk Through the Garden Last Night

And it was a quick walk because the *&^%! no see'ums have finally made an appearance.  They're late coming out this year, and I think we've all foolishly secretely been hoping the cold, snow-filled winter managed to kill them all off . . . but, of course, that didn't happen.  So far, we've not seen any mosquitoes or black flies, but I know they must be lurking nearby practicing up on their blood sucking skills.

Anyway, here's a short peek at the garden.


The two beds (one show here) of garlic are growing well, but I'm kinda concerned about the yellow coloration here and there on the otherwise healthy looking plants.


I have an eight foot long row of slicing cucumbers in one of the raised beds under a cold frame.  This is a section of the row I planted that obviously is ready to be thinned.  Not bad germination for seeds from 2008, huh?  (Kinda pushed the envelope on those old seeds, didn't I?)  Needless to say, I planted the seeds fairly thickly, because I wasn't sure about their viability.  Turns out the Marketmore 76ers were still right good seeds!


The Brussels sprouts are looking good, although still only about 6" tall.  I have two rows of them with eight plants in each row.


I always plant my green peppers under a cold frame where they stay all season long because our summer nights regularly drop down cooler than peppers like it.  Yesterday when I set them out, I got to thinking (ouch) and asked Papa Pea if he thought starting them out under hot caps would provide them with more warmth than the cold frame.  He said it probably would so that's what I've done.  The hot caps are only a foot tall so the peppers will outgrow them and then I will have to put the cold frame over them.  Hopefully, by then the peppers will have a really good, strong start.

Even though we've been having warm days with lots of sunshine, our night time temps have been (and will be for the next week anyway) down in the 40s.  So I've held off putting in my beans, squash, corn and other warm weather crops.  Those 40 degrees at night tend to cool off the soil, and I don't want to risk those seeds not germinating well.

14 comments:

Kristina said...

Your garden looks great. We have sprouts of just about everything up now. Can't wait to eat some thing from it too.

Kelly said...

I hate those bugs! We call the little effers! They have been around for several weeks. My kids are all ate up with mosquito bites. And the flies.....I feel so sorry for the goats :/

Sandy said...

Mama Pea,

Temperatures are rising here. Yesterday we peaked to 100 degrees. I've noticed we really don't have all the bugs yet. Soon they will be out to suck our blood and the life out of us, lol.

Your garden beds are coming along real nice. I hope soon you'll have some hefty harvests.

Carolyn said...

Ya know how much I make fun of you for your Polar weather? Well, I'd LOVE to have just ONE of those 40 degree nights so I don't sweat while I'm sleeping.

Susan said...

Those little blood suckers love me - I have to go out with my netting hoodie on if I want to be able to spend more than 5 seconds outside. I like those hot caps!

Endah Murniyati said...

All look so healthy, Mama! I have never success on growing garlic, too hot and too wet I think. Your green peppers bed is really inspiring. Thanks for sharing the idea!

Anonymous said...

For getting such a late start due to weather and illness, you are going gang busters now! It looks fantastic!

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Mama Pea said...

Kristina - Sprouts in the garden are about all I have! Things don't seem to be growing very fast but I think we just haven't had enough warm weather. We're having a cold June so far.

Mama Pea said...

Kelly - I always hope the animals don't mind the biting insects as much as we do. (But how can they not??) Maybe they just accept them as part of life and don't get as "emotionally involved" as we do!

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - Ha! My garden must actually look pretty pitiful compared to the stage of things around you. You're so far ahead of us into the summer season! 100 degrees is just too hot. Hope you get some relief from that soon!

Mama Pea said...

Carolyn - We're still sleeping under a down comforter. Nah-nah-na-nah-na!

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Yeah, I'm a bug magnet, too. I'm hoping they don't last long this year. (Yep, the Queen of de Nile.)

Mama Pea said...

Endah Murniyati - Thanks, and you're very welcome!

Mama Pea said...

Stephanie - I think I'm finally getting a good handle on it. This morning is cool and gray so I'm dragging my feet on getting out there . . . hope the bugs will be cold and hibernating, too!