Thursday, May 10, 2018

Quickie Garden Tour - May 4, 2018

I am so far behind on my gardening tasks, I can't even begin to explain.  The weather was wonky, so I started all my seeds late.  My seedlings are still tiny.  I did sow some seeds outside: cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon, three different types of bush beans, dill, parsley, and basil.  I thought my asparagus were all eaten by one of my outdoor critters, so I started 12 new ones.  Then yesterday, I had asparagus popping up!  Who knows what's going on.

The Rutgers Scarlet Strawberry Plants started coming up.  I planted them in three boxes last year.  One is now pretty full, the second has not so much and the third has nothing.  While they are good strawberries, they were hella expensive.  I'm going to get some regular ones at the garden center and put them in late too.

The pear tree went from barren to covered in leaves and flowers in three days.  Literally, three days.

The mint patch is overrun with some random weed, but there is still plenty of mint growing.  I've started the tedious process of pulling those weeds out so the mint has room to grow.

The Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli overwintered, but was covered in whiteflies and their irritating eggs.  I mixed a batch of non-toxic whitefly killer (recipe to follow, I just want to confirm that it works long term).  It did kill all the eggs and the leaves are shiny, healthy and bug-free.  Let's see if this is the cure for my whitefly problems.

This zucchini was the first of my seedlings to sprout and looked just beautiful.  Then I put it outside, and we went from beautiful weather to freezing and it hasn't held up too well.  I am trying to give it some extra attention and fingers crossed, it will survive.

This is the first year I didn't plant my peas on St. Patrick's Day.  But they seem to be doing fine nonetheless.  I planted carrots and beets in the boxes with them.  Hopefully, this year I'll remember to harvest them instead of letting them rot in the box like an idiot.

The rain barrels are set up.  I'm going to turn the blue barrel someone gave me into an overflow barrel.  More on that later.

So not much to show yet, but come back soon.  That whitefly killer spray looks like it could be a winner and I'll post it as soon as I'm sure.  Hope you're all enjoying the warmer weather.