My husband claims warm weather arrives on May 15th every year. He may be right as that's certainly what has happened this year.
I couldn't wait any longer to do some planting in the garden since the weather has been so nice; not too hot and not too cold anymore.
I would like to have my shell peas and potatoes planted in the field garden already, but Papa Pea has to find time to use the cultivator on the Gravely garden tractor to prep it for me. This week will find that done, I hope. (And, yes, 'tis time to mow the lawn for the first time this year.)
In the meantime, I've been working on getting the raised beds planted.
The green hot caps you see in the background are covering six started cauliflower plants I've set out. The green shoots in the bed in the foreground are garlic coming up. To the right and behind the garlic is a bed where I've planted gladioli bulbs. I love the way they (will) form a solid block of beautiful flowers for cutting.
My perennial bed of peppermint is finally coming to life. Each year I'm sure it's all died out because it looks that way forever. But it's definitely growing now. (Is it my imagination or can you see all those little green leaves?)
I got brave and put out two started zucchini plants. Under a protective cover, that is. A couple of rows of nasturtium seeds are planted on either side of the mounded up zucchini.
The cold frame you see is covering the lettuces and salad greens I started indoors. The daytime temps are good for the tender sprouts, but it's still dropping down a little cool for them at night.
I planted lots of spinach in the chive bed this year. (In the back left of this pic.) For the first time last year, I froze bags stuffed with unblanched spinach and we enjoyed it all winter. During the growing season, we also eat a lot of fresh spinach.
I set out six started broccoli plants today. Protected by the hot caps. I still have six more to fit in somewhere. The center trellis of this bed will have cosmos on either side of it when the weather is warm enough for those starts to go outside.
And, yippee, the asparagus is coming on like gangbusters. Won't be long before we have our first meal of fresh asparagus. (As you can see, I grow rocks, too.)
Because we're still lacking rain, I'm watering everything so the started plants have adequate moisture and the seeds don't wither and die of thirst. This morning we hooked up the sprinkler and put it on the strawberry plants for about an hour. I think they appreciated it.
Believe it or not, we didn't even put up our hammock last year. (And how sad is that?) This spring it's been up for about two weeks already. I've only managed to get in it once, so far, but am bound and determined to spend some quality time in it throughout this summer!
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