Eventually, I will finish getting the summer crops planted, but at this rate it might be June before they’re all in. We had yet more rain over the weekend, which made the soil too wet for digging and planting. I put in a couple more tomato plants anyway, turned the compost pile and did some weeding, but there are still two whole beds and two partial beds that are not set for the summer.
Last May was a big harvest month, with potatoes, zucchini, onions, and quite a lot of green beans coming into the kitchen, but this year those crops will be pushed into June. However, things could be worse. I have heard from plenty of gardeners who already are contending with disease issues — from the cool, wet weather — in their gardens. Other gardeners also have said that some seeds that were planted rotted before they could germinate.
|Currently, it’s a mix of cool and warm season crops.
The slugs have begun to make an appearance, but they aren’t in the lettuces at this point. If the rain doesn’t let up, I expect a population explosion.
In the meantime, I will just enjoy what I have. The tomato plants are growing slowly in the cool spring weather, but they look healthy, and they are flowering. The lettuces are in Great Shape, which means there is salad with supper, salad with lunch, and more the next day, and the next.
|Last beet of the season. PHOTO/Amy W.|
There are a few carrots left in the ground, but not many, and the radishes are almost all harvested, too. The peas are starting to make, and I’m looking forward to including those in our meals, but everything is running behind — and not just compared to last year, when everything was freakishly early.
One of the great things about gardening is that there is so much to think about. I am never bored!