Spring is moving right along and quickly warming into summertime weather. It was 99 degrees one day last week and all of the green grasses are starting to turn yellow. I’ve got all of the garden planted except for the strawberries, which I am growing from seed on my kitchen windowsill.
Did you know it takes forever to grow strawberries from seed?
If you remember my planting schedule (from this post), I had planned to put the garden in around the 19th of April. Somehow I got misinformation from the internet (not surprising) that told me the last average frost date was April 19th. When April 19th rolled around there were still some pretty frosty mornings happening so I put off planting a little bit and finally got it done on the 30th. I have since been told by locals that it’s more like May 18th, but we’ve made it to the twentieth with no frost and I think we’re in the clear.
My husband built me three more raised beds, bringing the total to nine, but I only had plans to plant in six. I ended up planting them with whatever looked good in my seed box, and of course I didn’t write it down, so it will be a surprise later. Why do I do that? My man also put in an irrigation system that waters on a timer, built a retaining wall and made me a bench in the orchard so we can sit and watch the chickens run around. Am I the luckiest gardener ever? Quite possibly.
The raised bed that I planted early under a fabric cover was only a partial success. The carrots and beets are doing well (which is predictable as they are cold weather crops) but none of the other things – the tomatoes, squash, basil etc. made it. I think there were some nights where it got so cold that the fabric couldn’t keep things warm enough. I went ahead and re-seeded those areas. I will try it again next year, but maybe not plant them out so early in the season.
The oats that I planted didn’t come up at all, so that was disappointing. But the corn and pumpkins came right up! It is so satisfying that some plants will sprout up right away – it is a small assurance that things are going right. I love going out each morning to see which plant babies sprouted up overnight.
It looks like we will have our first lettuce harvest this week. I’m so looking forward to eating fresh veggies all summer! I can hardly wait for the basil. Basil is sooooooooo good. I need to plant more of that. Did you know you can freeze pesto? It works beautifully. If you grow enough basil, you can eat it all year long!
Basil = love.