Wednesday, May 11, 2011
WEEDING - UGH!
The vegetable garden is doing great and I water it with my fish pond water as much as possible. The wintered-over spinach just bolted and I think that the lettuces will soon follow. But for now, we continue to enjoy fresh salad every night. The strawberry plants have started to get little fruits and promises to be a good year. The tomato plants that are in the hoophouses are looking very strong and have lots of flowers. I planted a ton of tomatoes and I know that we are going to be making lots of sauce. Since I transplanted the tomato and pepper plants (si 2/1) in the hoophouse the first of April, they got a great head start. At night I zip them up as the nights are still in the 50s, but then I uncover them during the day so they don't bake. On cooler days I unzip the top so that they are protected but ventilated. Today in the open garden, I planted some of the tomato and pepper plants that were started March 1 (si). It might be a little early for them, but we'll see. Surely I can sacrifice a few plants for my experiment. I could always cover them at night with a row cover. The peas (ds 3/15) are starting to climb up the lattice and the bush beans (ds 5/3) are just coming up. The kale and Swiss chard look good. The only disappointment is the broccoli that I started Feb. 1 and transplanted into the hoophouse on March 1. Only 2 broccoli starts survived and they look lost surrounded by all of the greens. I noticed today that the Chinese cabbage is coming up and actually, I forgot that I even planted it. One 4' x 4' bed is dedicated to flowers, which is kind of frivolous considering the size of my vegetable garden. I just couldn't resist those beautiful seed packets. This week, friends have been stopping by to pick up their tomato plants. Hopefully they'll have another successful year too.