Hi guys! I hope to join you all, but I've been having a really hard time finding any computer time lately. I'm going to try, though! I am soooo behind, but I'm zone 5, so hopefully not too far behind to ruin me. I managed to start everything indoors that needed to be early March, I lost a few to the cats, who really wanted to sleep on them, but most everything pulled through and it was happy fun times. Then I brought them outside. And almost everything died. Rosemary, Dill, Cilantro, Oregano, Thyme, Sage, Parsley, Tarragon, Lavender, Zucchini, Butternut and Acorn Squashes, Broccoli, Lettuces, Cabbages, Watermelons, Chard, Arugula, Pumpkins, I wanted to cry!
The Nasturtiums and Cantaloupes are alive yet, but not looking good. Still waiting to see if they'll make it. I had 5 different types of Tomatoes and several different kinds of Peppers who took the transfer fine and then.. a couple weeks later.. gone. Somebody ate them stems and all! All I have left is my Kale, Oregano, Onions, Asparagus, (which is being eaten alive by asparagus beetle larvae ) Potatoes, and 5 Basils out of 12. Oh, and my Cherry Tomatoes I have in hanging baskets are alive yet, too. Oh, and I have a massive Rhubarb I need to get eating!
So, I'm feeling pretty downhearted. It's too late to replant the lettuce mix I had going, but I heard today that Romaine will take the hot summer months, so I'm going to try to find some seeds and get them in. The carrots and radishes are planted, but not up yet, hopefully they'll be okay, and I replanted the Chard and Arugula, but we'll see if it survives the coming heat. Last weekend I picked up some Broccoli, Tomato, Pepper, Savory, Coriander, and Rosemary plants at the farmer's market which I put in, but I couldn't afford to buy nearly as many as we had. I planted more watermelon, too, I hope it's not too late for it. I think it's too late for pumpkins.
So the beds are not looking like much at the moment, but I'll post pictures anyway. Uhh.. I still have another bed to finish planting My peas are still inside, and need to go in and I am putting corn, replanting the squashes, and beans in that bed, too. Maybe tomorrow? On the upside I did get a little 4' x 5' raised bed knocked together. Our house was extended and right behind my beds there is a filled in doorway that still had a big cement slab hanging out outside, looking silly. Not it is being more food space and looking at least a little cute. I ended up with an overabundance of Kale sprouts and Oregano, which was trying to take over. I moved the Oregano to a big pot and and potted up the excess to give to other people, and spread out the Kale sprouts and potted up a ton of those to give to other people, too. They very quickly went from looking nice and happy to very sad, so hopefully they'll be perking up tomorrow.
Bed 1 - Asparagus being nearly invisible all along the back row, Kale hugging the ground and being angry at being moved, then Broccolis, Onions, and Basils. 3 Bell Peppers, and in front of those are planted the Carrots and Radishes, and a couple Thyme plants in the very front looking like grass with a little sign between them. Not sure what else I am going to put in here yet now that I have so much less of everything.
Bed 2 - Oregano now in the big orange pot in the back, and our new raised bed holding Rosemary, Coriander, Summer and Winter Savory, the Arugula and Chard seeds, and one lone, surviving Sage sprout. Tomatoes in the back left, then Potatoes popping up along the back row, garlic planted in front of them but not appearing yet, maybe they were eaten? Front left is the Nasturtiums, and next to them the Cantaloupes. Next to those the Watermelons are planted, and the rest was Green and Red Cabbages and Lettuces that bit it, hopefully I can still get those going again.
Cherry Tomatoes - still really small, 5 baskets with at least one or two sprouts surviving in each out of four each.