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.
The 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.
The spinach has just started to grow…but is wilting. I hope it doesn’t bolt before we get to harvest it.
And the lettuce is struggling.
Some 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!
More 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.
But 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.
So 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.
Here 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.
It is so nice to have a few gardens that take care of themselves….and I can just enjoy them!