Sunday, April 11, 2010

Monday Garden Club

Isn't it ironic that when you need sleep the most, it's the most elusive? Everyone in our family came down with a nasty cold this weekend. My kids are miserable and I can't seem to sleep myself. So, here I am, up at 5 in the morning waiting for the sun to come up.

Despite how terrible I feel, I'm am just loving that there is so much going so early this year in the garden. It's nice to be a little more on the ball this season. The basil, squash, eggplant, and peppers appear to be thriving. Last week, I neglected to mention that I transferred the seedlings into Jiffy pots. It's been a REAL pain in the ass but I've been bringing the heat loving peppers and eggplant in and out of the house to insure they get enough heat and light but aren't subjected to evening cold. Note to self: get our mini green-house lit and heated next year.

I mulched the strawberry beds with straw this week and planted some more carrots, parsnips, and mesclun mix (as I will continue to do every two to three weeks as required for a longer harvest).

The peas are really doing well. I took this photo toward the end of last week and they have been making great progress even since this photo.

The potatoes have popped too (see below) . I'm looking forward to some blue potatoes!

My first planting of carrots have finally popped too but they aren't substantial enough for photos. I understand that parsnips take a while to show themselves. They haven't popped just yet but I'm hopeful we'll see some progress there soon.

This week I went ahead and planted some green beans. As of April 16th, we have a 90% chance of no more frost. When I looked at it looked like we weren't going to have anything under 45 for a low with highs averaging in the upper 70's, low 80's up to that date so I figured I'd go ahead and get a jump start. All we have to lose is a little bean seed and I can always run out and protect seedlings with a row cover if need be. As luck would have it, since planting, the forecast has changed. Now we are expecting temps to dip in the 60's mid-week (but the lows will never get below freezing). I'm not terribly worried. It's a bit of gamble, but bean seed is pretty cheap and I have a lot of seed I saved from last year's crop. As far as I'm concerned that isn't much to lose when we have so much to gain. We love vegetables!

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Blogger Aliceson said...

Too bad about the colds. Mae was home sick today coughing and cranky. Last of the year I'm hoping, just like the snow!

Your plants look Great! It's about time for me to transplant some of the peppers and tomatoes into bigger pots. Always something to do!

Blue potatoes huh? Those should be interesting. Do you know if they stay blue once you cook them???

April 12, 2010 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Sara L said...

I am so impressed with your garden. I am behind this year - I can't believe how much your plants have already grown. Great job!

April 12, 2010 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger sheila said...

#1, I want a mini greenhouse! so cool! #2, wow, you got a great start so far! I live in NE Ohio, and our last chance for frost is like May 15. And last year we had our last one actually after that by like a week!

Thanks for stopping y! AND...I love your profile pic in your sidebar with the kids/ hubs! VERY COOL PIC!

April 12, 2010 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Out in Them Sticks said...

Thanks everyone! From what I understand that the potatoes stay blue when cooked. I love putting stuff in the garden you can't get without paying an arm and a leg for in the grocery store. It makes it worth all the sweat and tears.

April 14, 2010 at 2:01 PM  

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