Dig

Dig

The Garden Chronicles - Week 7

  
By:  Dig  •  Gardening  •  2 years ago  •  18 comments

The Garden Chronicles - Week 7

Sure enough, the year I decide to try a garden blog ends up having one of the wettest springs on record. It was finally supposed to be dry and clear this past week, but of course, it wasn't. Monday and Tuesday were cloudy all day, and cool (again), but at least it didn't rain, and by Wednesday evening the garden was dry and I was able to get the rest of my rows planted. I took some pictures of that, and then planned to put the corn in on Friday evening (I was busy Thursday), but as usual of late, that was not to be.

It rained overnight on Thursday, well into Friday morning, and I had to wait until Saturday afternoon before I could get back into the garden to see if I could plant the corn. Needless to say, it was still too wet for that, but I was able to clean it up a bit and take some more pictures.

And, yet again, the forecast is not looking good. The recently transplanted tomatoes and eggplants haven't reacted very well at all to sitting in sopping wet ground for several days already, and I have absolutely no idea when I'll be able to plant the corn.

I mean, look at this crap...

original

Nice temps, but good chances of rain for the next 9 days in a row. Can you believe that? I'm just so sick of it.

Anyway, these are the pictures I have for this week.


-- Wednesday --


original

Furrows and holes.

original

A furrow for some Ruby Red chard that I decided to squeeze in above the trellises.

original

Polly.

original

Next to a furrow I was ready to plant, not getting in the way at all...

original

I asked her to move, so she went to keep an eye on the peas.

original

Sad faced, because I told her she was about to be in the way again.

original

I'm a softy when it comes to her, so she won. I planted the chard later, after she moved.

original

Beans.

original

New lettuces. The bright red one at the bottom is a romaine called Cimarron.

original

Maple tree seedlings pop up everywhere this time of year. This one's near some asparagus.

original

This one is where the corn should be. They come up fast. I found several more, even out in the too-wet-to-mow yard. The ones in the garden got hoed down.


-- Saturday --


original

Wet again.

original

The asparagus is really shooting up.

original

All the wetness isn't working out for my potato sample. I only had a small bag to begin with, and one plant never even came up. Now a couple more are rotting in the ground before they can even bush out. The onions aren't looking bad, though. I've lost a few, but the rest are doing about as well as can be expected.

original

The lettuces, 3 days and a rainstorm later.

original

The first carrots are finally visible, but with a few washouts in places. I really need to figure out a way to protect germinating carrot seeds from the weather. Long boards maybe?

original

The bean row.

original

Turnips and beets.

original

Kohlrabi.

original

Near-drowned tomatoes. Not looking good at all. This breaks my heart. Damn rain. I may need to replace them. I still have some backups in the planter.

original

Where the corn should be. *sigh*

original

Blackberries still blooming away.

original

The peppers look fine so far, but the 2 eggplants are wilting. They're closely related to tomatoes, so it makes sense that they'd be suffering too.

original

A new cucumber plant. I gave up on the old one and pulled it, giving the whole trellis panel to this new one.

original

The chard row after Polly let me plant it. Nothing up yet, of course.

original

The cantaloupe plants aren't looking very good. I'll direct-seed some backups next to them, just in case.

original

The peas are starting to get up there.

original

They're even starting to bloom.

original

Zucchini. First and second plants.

original

The first one is finally starting to look normal.

original

It's warmer now, so the second one won't go through what the first one did.

original

Spare tomatoes, spare eggplants, another cucumber, and some lettuce in the planter. I have spare peppers as well, but they're in a separate tray and I forgot to take a picture of them.

original

A baby apple. This tree never produces well. It was supposed to be a self-pollinator (which is why there's only one tree), but it didn't turn out to be the variety it was supposed to be at all. I have no idea what variety it actually is. It's a mystery apple. Some years it does well, others not so much. Probably because it really isn't self-pollinating, and the bees have to pollinate it from nearby crabapples in the yard, which are usually in bloom before it. Sometimes they don't overlap each other very well. They didn't this year.

original

Yucca plants sending up flower stalks.

original

Roses.

original

See you next week.

Tags

jrBlog - desc
[]
 
Dig
Professor Guide
1  author  Dig    2 years ago

I went to take a picture of the nest in the hanging flower pot on the front porch, but a wren flew out when I got close, so I decided to leave it alone. At least we know the mama's still looking after the eggs, which could probably hatch any day now.

I don't know if I'll be able to get a picture of the chicks. I don't want to mess anything up for them.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
2  Buzz of the Orient    2 years ago

Even though the weather's out to get you, at least you're persevering, and I'm sure that eventually your garden will flourish.   Just think of Voltaire's Candide:

Voltaire-quote-about-practice-from-Candide-1c10253.jpg

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
3  Ender    2 years ago

No matter what, the peas seem perky.

We seem to be in the same boat as far as rain. Suppose to have scattered storms all week.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Principal
4  sandy-2021492    2 years ago

Sorry Mother Nature is trying to drown your work.  The peas and roses are thriving, at least.

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Quiet
5  charger 383    2 years ago

I am enjoying the Garden Chronicles,  while hoping to get some plants into my swamp.  A big dead tree that had to be cut to fall into the garden was cut up yesterday  and I want to play with my new compact tractor and tiller.  But things have to wait

 
 
 
bccrane
Freshman Silent
5.1  bccrane  replied to  charger 383 @5    2 years ago

Same here, but the tiller is in 6 inches of water and the garden is still too wet and have area's in the lawn with standing water.  Maybe later this week even though there is rain in the forecast they're saying it won't be much.

 
 
 
Dig
Professor Guide
6  author  Dig    2 years ago

I tried to mow earlier. The grass was dry but the ground was still squishy in places. I was actually leaving muddy tire tracks here and there. I didn't get very far before the sky opened up on me, though. It was quite a downpour. Another inch in the rain gauge, just like that.

Poor tomatoes. I hope they were able to send some fresh roots up close to the surface in the past few days. The last thing they need is to be completely submerged at the moment.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Principal
7  sandy-2021492    2 years ago

Just picked the first 2 strawberries of the season, and looks like I need to put down some slug bait if I want any more.

 
 
 
Dig
Professor Guide
7.1  author  Dig  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7    2 years ago

Yum!

The strawberries, not the slugs. jrSmiley_100_smiley_image.jpg

I like strawberries, but I've never tried growing them. Probably because I remember my grandmother having a hard time with them for some reason.

My tomatoes are goners. Tomorrow I'm going to try to pick up some replacements at the greenhouse. I hope they still have a good selection. If not, I might have to use my small backups as a last resort.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Principal
7.1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Dig @7.1    2 years ago
I like strawberries, but I've never tried growing them. Probably because I remember my grandmother having a hard time with them for some reason.

These more or less grow themselves.  I bought one plant years ago, and they took over one of my raised garden beds.  Slugs and deer are the main issues.  Now I have a fence, so deer aren't a problem.  Slugs are persistent, though.

Good luck with your next attempt at tomatoes.  How many days until you'll be able to plant?  Didn't you say you have more rain in the forecast?

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
7.1.2  pat wilson  replied to  Dig @7.1    2 years ago

When I was a kid my dad had a garden every year. There was no fencing. Many of the strawberries and low hanging tomatoes would end up with turtle bites. The dang turtles would take one bite out of each and move on to the next. I always wondered why they didn't finish a whole strawberry or tomato.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Principal
7.1.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  pat wilson @7.1.2    2 years ago
The dang turtles would take one bite out of each and move on to the next.

Ha!  I remember a teacher I had in middle school complaining about the same thing!  "Why one bite out of each tomato?  Why not just eat one and leave the rest alone?"

 
 
 
bccrane
Freshman Silent
7.1.4  bccrane  replied to  pat wilson @7.1.2    2 years ago

Turtles take a long time to get anywhere, so they eat on the run and don't have time to take the second bite.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Principal
7.1.5  sandy-2021492  replied to  bccrane @7.1.4    2 years ago

Sure, sure, defend the turtle ;)

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
7.1.6  pat wilson  replied to  bccrane @7.1.4    2 years ago
so they eat on the run

jrSmiley_86_smiley_image.gif  !

 
 
 
Dig
Professor Guide
7.1.7  author  Dig  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1.1    2 years ago
Good luck with your next attempt at tomatoes.  How many days until you'll be able to plant?  Didn't you say you have more rain in the forecast?

I want to get them from the greenhouse as soon as possible. Other people might be looking for replacements, too, so I don't want to wait.

There are supposed to be several days of rain this week, so I'm going to wait at least until next weekend to plant them. Maybe longer if I have to. I don't want to see another batch drown.

The corn will probably wait until then, too. I only have the one bag of seed, and it was special ordered, so if I plant it and it gets washed out or something I'll be in a pinch.

 
 
 
Dig
Professor Guide
7.1.8  author  Dig  replied to  pat wilson @7.1.2    2 years ago

Turtles used to be a problem for my grandma's melons. I don't remember if they'd sample a bunch of them all at once, though.

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
7.1.9  pat wilson  replied to  Dig @7.1.8    2 years ago

There was probably more than one turtle. So many fruits were ruined. Once their mouth was on it you had to toss it. Ugh !