I think I am trying to max out my media space with this post! There are a lot of photos, so prepare to see my weeds and also my questionable photo taking skills!!
5/7 With our weather having been about 20 degrees higher than normal for the last three weeks with no end in sight, I finally planted my tomatoes, peppers, squashes, pumpkins and cucumbers outside today. I had moved them outside about two weeks ago, hardening them off by bringing them in at night for the first week. But since then they have been living in their seed starts and were more than ready to move. Generally I would have repotted until later this month, even until early June. But I did not see the point this year. If the rains come back and the plants cannot handle it I will cloche and everyone will be fine. Such a strange spring.
I also direct planted Hidatsa Red Indian pole (dry) beans (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), Bolita pole (dry) beans (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), Fordhook zucchini (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), and Empress bush beans (Seed Savers Exchange).
5/28 The garden is growing well. The weather cooled back down a bit, but it was still too late for the broccoli. The cauliflower also suffered in the long run, producing small crowns that wanted to flower quickly. I got many of them in and riced to freeze before losing them. Everything planted this month is coming in nicely, with all direct sown beans and zucchinis showing their faces. I had wanted to direct sow carrots, but the rains returned with enough frequency to put that on hold until next month (I did not want to drag the plastic out again since the other plants are getting along just fine without it). All in all I have spent most of May picking cabbage worms, leaf miners and slugs out of the garden.
I do hope June proceeds with some regularity. It is getting harder and harder to tell the future when it comes to the weather!
In other news the garden is beautiful right now, take a walk with me through some of it!