Always exciting to get the first harvest from the garden. This past week I picked radishes on Wednesday and and some lettuce for a salad on Thursday. I’ll once again have plenty of lettuce so if any of you who are nearby need some let me know.
After a very cold morning, the garden seemed to do well enough. In addition to getting the garden supports all back in place, I also decided it was time to put in a second planting of green beans. This time I planted a single row of bush green beans between the bean and pea towers.
The cucumbers were also not looking happy and I already lost one of the plants and one of the seedlings. I planted a few more seeds in the hopes that the warmer weather now will be kinder to them.
The rest of the garden is looking pretty good. Below are a few status updates.
Here is the cost of planting early. A freeze Warning has been issued for tonight with forecasted lows of 32 degrees. As a result, the garden looks like a shanty town with makeshift tents made of old sheets and buckets.
A quick check on the garden tonight and I was happy to see some more plants emerging. No need to write a big preamble here, the pictures and captions should suffice.
A quick check on the garden tonight and even though it was a bit cooler and cloudy today, the garden seems to be off to a decent start. New plants sprouting and the early planted plants are not looking worse and in most cases actually improving. Once we get through a chilly morning tomorrow, the weather looks to warm up and get sunnier so I am anticipating some more good growing days ahead.
Not sure what to make of the early blooming zucchini plants. I wonder if it is perhaps a sign of distress. I guess it is possible starting them inside earlier than I should have as well as being cramped into the smaller container messed up its development cycle.
Another great day today and I decided to roll the dice and go all in with planting the garden. The 10 day forecast has nothing colder than 44 degrees and many more days in the 70s and even 80s. So, after work I went out to the garden and got to planting.
- Pole green beans
- Zucchini plants and seeds
- Cucumber plants and seeds
- Yellow squash seeds
- Sweet corn
Most of these are just repeats of the tried and true from previous years. I will record a bit more details about the Sweet Corn since this is just year two and last year didn’t go as well as I would have hoped. This years variety is Kandy Korn. Lesson number one from last year was to not over plant and make sure to leave a little room for the plants to grow. This year I cut back on the number of seeds I planted and have about 18 seeds planted in each of the four rows. I also tried to stagger the seeds by placing the adjacent row’s seeds in the middle of the two neighbors.
According to the Kale seed packet, it is recommended to plant it in a container. I retrieved one of the old pots from the garden and planted some Kale in it. I will follow up in a couple weeks with a second back to try and extend the harvest a bit.
The weather recently is more like late May than middle of April. With temperatures over 80 degrees yesterday (record high temperature) and upper 70s today, you couldn’t ask for better weather on Easter weekend. Saturday I spent some time tilling up the garden beds. I’ve been neglecting the soil for a while now and in the years past I haven’t had a lot of time to spend in the garden when it was dry before jumping straight into planting. With the weather being so warm this year, I really didn’t have any excuses. I picked up 10 bags of Sta-Green Garden Soil from Lowes and worked two bags into the five beds that haven’t already had something planted. By the end of the day, those beds looked pretty good and ready for planting.
So, my seedlings have not been looking good since I transplanted them into the bigger pots. I tried more water. I tried less water. I moved them outside to the deck where they could get some fresh air and real sun. Nothing I did seemed to help.
What to try next? Well, with the warm weather we have been having I figured what the heck, let’s just plant them in the garden and see if that helps. So today, Easter Sunday, I decided to go ahead and plant half of the tomato seedlings. I’ll try and nurse the remaining inside as a backup should a freeze or frost still happen this spring.
Before I get too far ahead of myself though, I needed to update the new garden planting plan for 2017. Below is my plan for this year.
Today I planted two plants of each of the three tomato varieties, Brandy Boy Hybrid, Oh Happy Day Hybrid, and Cherry Baby Hybrid. In addition to the tomatoes, I also planted some more seasonally appropriate vegetables. I planted the Sugar Snap Peas, Radish and more lettuce.