Summer’s Just Around the Corner

We have had a weird spring this year. Up by the garden we have not had a frost in sometime. At home we have not had the high temperatures we normally do. Had I known all this was going to transpire I would have started plants earlier instead of later. Because of late cold temperatures at the garden and extreme hot Brussels Sproutstemperatures at home last year, I delayed starting the tomatoes and tomatillos about one month this year. Because of that the plants are still quite small. Hopefully they will grow a bit in the next few weeks – the plants need to be big enough to defend themselves from the hostile existence that is the wilds of the garden.

Other than the plants I start at home, the garden is off and running. The rhubarb is growing like never before, which means the first rhubarb and strawberry crumble is about gone, eagerly enjoyed. The kale we planted has grown enough for the first harvest. The radishes and beets are slowly growing. Every year I have delusions of multiple beet harvests. Every year that fails to materialize. Since this is a hobby and not a profession, I am optimistic once again that I will get two harvests. Maybe the second harvest will be hardy greens.

Under the “why not” method of gardening, we have sweet potato slips growing on the kitchen counter so we might actually get a bumper crop this fall. The last of the seeds, the gourds and squash, have been started and will be ready in a couple of weeks. The hummingbirds are out in full force at the garden. If they could just learn to get along they could save a lot of energy and aggravation; but, I think that is unlikely. I have moved flowers around and more are started to move up to the garden, along with a lot of containers full of flowers and peppers and herbs.

 

With summer just around the corner I look forward to big harvests of heirloom tomatoes, arriving at the garden to pick beets for dinner, and just the amazement of what has transpired over the week or so since I was last there. The amount of growth from week to week, when only observed intermittently, can be astonishing, especially for the squash, cucumbers, and gourds.

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