Our weather has been cool to start in the morning, warming up to shirt sleeves mid-day, and then back to cool 'round about 4 o'clock in the afternoon. In short, perfect for working in the garden. The very best part? NO BUGS, yet!
I've got five cold frames filled. (One in the picture above is still empty.) Two hold broccoli and cauliflower I've planted out early. They wouldn't need the cold frames except for the cold nights. I don't think the plants would actually be hurt because the temp hasn't gone down to freezing, but I don't want to stress them either while they're so small and tender.
Yesterday I planted a bed (the seeds) of slicing cukes. Those want to be kept as toasty as possible so I only crack the cold frames open enough during the day to introduce a little circulation of fresh air. Then I cross my fingers that the soil doesn't cool down too much over night.
My bed of salad greens has sprouted and probably won't need the cold frame over it for much longer.
A good friend gifted me with many tomato plants (Big Boy and Brandywine) and several pepper plants (same ones as I've got started on my seedling rack -- California Wonder) but I don't have a cold frame or makeshift greenhouse, row cover, hoop house or whatever big enough for the tomatoes so I potted them (and the pepper plants) and have the pots set on the soil of a raised bed with a cold frame over them. Where I'll put them when they grow big and it's warm enough to plant them in the ground, I don't know yet. Will have to figure that out. I've never any success growing full-size tomatoes because they need some kind of extra protection for the warmth they require.
I have about half the blueberry patch weeded and got a start on the strawberries today. We're in need of rain and the soil in the strawberries where I'm trying to dig out weeds is like cement. If we get the rain predicted over night, that should help.
We were planning on mowing the lawn for the first time tomorrow, but now realize it may be too wet if the rain materializes. We really do need the rain as the fire danger is listed as High right now.
Our asparagus is coming along, just not fast enough for our taste buds that are all set for it. The rhubarb, of course, is shooting right up. I finally found a wonderful rhubarb cake recipe last year, and I fear as soon as the rhubarb is ready, I may break our rule of trying to avoid desserts!
I'm still working at getting all the quack grass out of the as-of-yet unplanted raised beds . . . and I think I may be gaining on it.
I was feeling pretty cocky yesterday thinking I was ahead of the game this year . . . until I checked my records and found I had all my potatoes and peas planted by May 10th last year. I never should have checked.
Not a very exciting post, I realize, but good as record keeping for me.
Hope the weather in your part of the world is cooperating and your gardening season is starting out really well.
the quotidian (10.23.17)
11 hours ago