Spring to Summer..too fast!

It has been TOO hot this week.  It was 90F today…much too hot for early May.  The cool weather plants are mostly planted and I am busy trying to keep them watered and cool.

IMG_3994The peas are just emerging.  It was such a cold Spring that they got planted late….I hope they are ok..they don’t like heat.

IMG_3993The spinach has just started to grow…but is wilting.  I hope it doesn’t bolt before we get to harvest it.

IMG_3992And the lettuce is struggling. 

IMG_3911Some lettuce is planted under the cucumber trellis for shade..but of course the cucumbers are not there yet….as we are still a few weeks from our last frost date!

IMG_3912More is planted under this Zucchini Arch..our newest addition to the garden…but no shade yet here either.

The cucumber and zucchini plants are waiting to be planted.   They spend the nights in the greenhouse with the other baby plants.

IMG_4040But the greenhouse has been too hot during the day.  They are outside during the day.  Today even the tomatoes and basil were in the shade for part of the day.  It has been a challenge.  It seems impossible but we still could have a frost…so the tender plants are not yet planted.

I have been working on the “pumpkin patch.”  It is not a pumpkin patch this year, that is just what it is called.  It started out in life as a pumpkin patch and then it was a Three Sisters bed.  


This year it will have the green beans (a favorite of the local deer) cauliflower, carrots and spinach.  There will also be nasturtiums and summer savory..but they are not yet planted.

I have converted the Apple Tree bed to a fruit bed.  It once had two apple trees, but we lost them in freak October snowstorm a few years ago.  It has been a veggie bed for a while, but the blueberries were not happy where they were and the raspberries needed thinning as did the strawberries.

IMG_4002So I put them all in the (apples) Apple Tree bed.  There is garlic in there as well and I added some arugula and collard greens.  It is a very wide bed and hard to get a good picture.  The baby raspberries are between the poles and the strawberries are in front…the blueberries are on the sides.

IMG_3999Here is one of the blueberry bushes.  They seem to be much happier here.

So despite the heat, I have been busy with the veggie gardens.  And while I have been doing that, the woodland gardens have burst into life!  They are very lush this year as everything came at once.  Here are some pictures.

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It is so nice to have a few gardens that take care of themselves….and I can just enjoy them!


About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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3 Responses to Spring to Summer..too fast!

  1. joan morvidelli says:

    Woodland gardens are so nice. I’m with the pea though! It is ridiculously warm, and I don’t like it!!

  2. So pretty to look at.

  3. Your woodland garden is full of wonderful colour. I hope you cool down so the other plants will find their way. We are having the opposite problem, too cold and windy, though my spinach that was in the tunnel did bolt as it was too windy to open the doors. Not too late to reseed though. The season is early yet. Best of luck throughout the summer. 🙂

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