We got some much needed rain this week, but it was followed by a scorcher of a weekend. Yesterday was 89 degrees! Tuesday and Wednesday of this week are supposed to reach the low 90s. Hey, weather – it’s only May! Hello! Well, I still worked in the garden most of the weekend, but with straw hat on head and water in hand. At least the heat is bringing forth the seedlings, the growth, and the flowers.
Seedlings everywhere this week! Chard, lettuce, carrots, purslane, perpetual spinach, magenta orach, melons, nasturtiums, chamomile, and chia. I took pictures of a few of them.
I planted nasturtiums in the middle of my bean beds. The leaves are lovely!
I’m looking forward to seeing what these taste like.
Yes, I’m growing real chia (and not on a pet…LOL) Look at the shape of the leaves. I’ve never seen leaves like that before. Very cool.
Remember the dahlias I bought on the $1 rack at Lowes a couple weeks ago? I transplanted them last week, and they are doing just great with multiple blooms per plant.
I found the first buds and flowers on the tomato plants that I grew from seed – Reisentraubes, Amish Paste, and Pear tomatoes.
Last week I found my first canteloupe flowers. Yesterday, I saw my honeydew with buds.
I have a small white acorn squash on one plant. The flower just fell off, so I’m not sure if it was fertilized or not. We’ll see if that becomes a full squash. Other than that, I have two peppers that are fruiting.
I can’t wait to taste this chili pepper!
IN THE ORCHARD:
The apple trees are growing new limbs and leaves, and the grape vines are starting to reach up the fence. My elderberry trees are growing lots of new leaves, too.
IN THE GARDEN:
My lima beans and snap beans are all up and growing their secondary leaves.
Yesterday, I found this lady bug on my lima beans. Hope she brings friends!
While weeding my potato bed, I saw this green thing poking out of the ground. I had no idea what it was – until I pulled it out. It was a fingerling potato that had pushed through the soil. (Sunlight causes potatoes to turn green, which is very toxic.)
After finding that fingerling potato through the soil, I hilled up all my potato plants with grass clippings mulch.
How are things growing in your garden?