This little chart will help keep me focused and on track. As you can see, there is a lot to keep in mind. I'm happy to report we got a lot accomplished last week.
We planted the following:
Asparagus (40 plants)
Potatoes (at least 10, adirondack blue and fingerlings)
I also planted from seed:
More Mesclun Mix
I have gotten conflicting information on how to plant carrots. Carrots and parsnips are supposed to be cold hardy and you can plant them now according to our cooperative extension. In fact it says to plant as soon as the soil can be worked so we are late. However, according to the seed packets I need to wait until after the threat of frost. So, I planted a few for now and will plant a succession of rows every 21 days or 3 weeks so we get a steady harvest. If these rows never take off, I don't have a lot to lose except a little seed. I'll go back and replant there later.
I think we got the peas off to a late start also so we may not see an early summer harvest of those. I guess we will see. I have no experience with them.
I'm happy to report that the broccolis and cauliflowers are doing better. Our weather last week was on the cool side and we've had some very light frosts since planting but I put row covers on them. They did just fine. Just like I mentioned in last week's post our temps are going to go from the mid-50's to the 80's this week. That is going tough on my little broccolis. There isn't much I can do in the case of heat. Hopefully, if I keep them a little moist, they will do alright.
Also, our forestry project has begun. Nick did the bulk of the work on that. Nick and I were butting heads on tree placement so I finally told him to just get it done on his own. I guess I was a little annoyed. Good thing I didn't marry another landscape architect?
One of our neighbor's stopped by and commented jokingly that it looked like Arlington Cemetery out there. I don't think that's the kind of comment you want. Admittedly, the seedling protectors aren't very attractive but given some time these hardwoods are going to be a real asset.