Slowly. Very slowly. I chalk it up to the fact that it's been cooler than usual this year.
I think this has also caused the germination of seeds planted directly in the garden to be troublesome. (I'm replanting colored gourd seeds today.) The blank spots are prevalent. Once more, it's been the weather.
The good news is that our last two days have been . . . gulp . . . actually quite warm. The thermometer has hit the high 70s and low 80s. Even though we're still short on rainfall, these warm days have got to have given the little transplants and sprouting seeds a boost.
Even though I've been talking to the plants and sending encouraging words to planted seeds nearly every evening while watering with the hose, yesterday we decided we needed to hook up the sprinkler and gave the strawberries, asparagus and young dwarf fruit trees (and portions of the raised beds and field garden) a good, long drink. The soil still looks damp this morning so it was worth it.
I made my first harvest of mint a day or so ago. Prepped it for the dehydrator and ended up with 2-1/2 cups of dried mint for Papa Pea's daily dose of peppermint tea.
Both the yellow and green beans have not shown great germination. I've gone back and filled in the bare spots with crossed fingers. (Hard to plant seeds that way, but it warranted trying.)
One would think the cool weather would have encouraged more growth in the shell peas, but they still seem a bit vertically challenged. The radishes, which we both love and munch-crunch even with breakfast, gave us a first large harvest over the past weekend.
This is a peek at a few of the broccoli plants. Doing okay, but not as vigorous as the cauliflower shown below.
So far, the cauliflower wins the blue ribbon of the whole garden as it seems to be flourishing.
My bed of spinach. Ugh. Poor germination with lots of bare spots. I've since transplanted (well, tried) some of the plants that were too close together to fill in bare spots.
Can't complain (okay, whine) one little bitty-bit about the strawberries this year. Despite lack of warmth, they've blossomed heavily and early. We even have loads of green berries forming.
The haskap bushes are loaded with green, green berries the same color as the leaves. Can you see them? They will size up and turn a deep, dark blue when ripe.
My struggling blueberry bushes (a pox on that dreaded Witch's Broom fungus) go from hardly a blossom on some to a few loaded with blossoms. The harvest can't turn out to be anything than smaller than we wish, but at least it looks as though we'll get some.
So that's a look at some of the garden and what's growing. And what's been challenged this year. Up here it seems we haven't really started the summer season quite yet (and we're going into the last half of June -- eeep), so if we continue to stay clear of those near freezing temps at night (it's about time, for goodness sake!), there's great hope we'll do okay once we get more good growing weather . . . and some adequate rain.
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