I have all but five of my twenty-six 4' x 8' raised beds planted. The field garden and two other flat planting areas are still bare, but tilled up and ready when the weather cooperates. And when I can get to them.
The only seeds that should already be in and that I'm feeling really anxious about are the shell peas (our favorite vegetable to have in the freezer for the winter months). They like growing in cool weather and should be one of the first seeds to be put into the soil. Nope. Hasn't happened yet. But Papa Pea helped me mark out the rows and put up the trellises in the field garden for them yesterday so as soon as I can, the pea seeds must go into the ground.
We also put up the trellises for the pickling cucumbers but they will definitely have to wait for warmer weather. I grow a variety of cukes specifically for making pickles only every other year. I get enough of a quantity of them to make a two-year supply of our dills and sweet pickles which works out well for me.
The weather has been crazy. Still down into the 40s at night, but reaching the high 70s and close to 80° with lots of bright sunshine during the day. How are my seeds supposed to germinate with these fluctuations in temperature?
Plus, after all of our snow melt earlier this spring, we've not had but a few drops of rain, and our area is currently under extreme fire danger alert. Go figure. If I'm not watering nearly every day with the hose, we're setting up the sprinkler system for the strawberries, blueberries or haskap berries.
I just went out to turn on the sprinkler a few minutes ago (6 a.m.) with a temp reading of 46° and without any sun yet it felt darn cold out there.
The beginning of the gardening season for me usually means everything needs to be planted at once. But there's no way I can sensibly put in the warm weather crops such as beans, pumpkins, squash, peppers and the like when the soil still gets such a shock of cold every night.
I did give myself a good talking-to yesterday while weeding the old strawberry bed. (Hey! That's not fair. I'm not even done planting everything and I have to work at weeding areas that are sprouting big, healthy, invasive weeds already!)
What did I say to myself? Believe it or not, I've finally realized I can't do it all. No question that I love gardening and each year think of new and different things I would do if I could somehow find the time to make it all happen in a perfect way. You know, the way it would look and grow in my
fantasy wished for world. But for that to happen (sigh), I'd have to have a crew of twelve full-time gardening helpers and another crew to help handle my other responsibilities each day.
No worries. I'm through teetering on the edge of panic and have decided to cut back on the plans for all I'd like to create out there using every inch of fertile, could-be-so-productive and possibly even beautifully photo-shoot worthy area I'm so fortunate to have available. Well. I can't do everything so why feel bad about what I can't do and be more appreciative of what I do accomplish.
Besides, there's always next year when I'll find a way to do it all. (Snicker, snicker.)