Slooooooowly! That week with highs in the mid and low 40’s really put a damper on a boatload of seeds, and the frost one morning caught a few of the tomato plants on the edges. The seeds have it under control, though, and finally this morning there was enough “action” to get some pictures. I will use this post to remind myself of the progress when I get impatient again!😄
Definitely more going on in this section! The tomatillo transplants remind me of little soldiers, and the chives seem to love their new home! They are sharing a box with the garlic, which is nearly 100% up. The dill in the small square box is a fine fuzz of green. The tire has cantaloupe, nothing to report yet. However, the cabbage, rutabegas and turnips have asserted themselves, with nice fine lines of seedlings. There is a box of onions at the very end, they are looking good! The box right after the turnips and friends is half onions and half jalapeño pepper transplants.
This slightly closer view of the north side doesn’t show as much progress, but things are starting to emerge. Just off camera are the bell pepper transplants; they came through the frost unscathed, probably because of the protection of the mini greenhouse. The first square box has beets, which are nearly all up, but still too difficult to see. The next box is spinach and baby romaine lettuce. If you look carefully, you can see some of the spinach spikes. The far long box is all green beans, and they are just beginning to pop. I think they need some warmer days to encourage them! Along the side you can see the sunflowers we just transplanted; most of them are now standing up tall and straight.
Along each edge of boxes is a row of carrots. I was amazed that these came up in only a week, usually it takes them about three weeks to germinate! Another space you didn’t see is the tomato field on the other side of the corn. We set up cattle panels on diagonals and that is the home of 48 little tomato plants, which are hanging in there. Several were sampled by the deer before the fence was complete, and we lost 2 to the frost, with a little damage to a few others, but in the end, I only replanted four. We’ll give them all a dose of tomato miracle grow this week and then they should be pretty well established.
I didn’t photograph them, but the grapevines are greening up nicely along the northeastern corner, and I have seen the proof that we will get a few plums this year in spite of finding a blooming pollinator well after the peak blossom time, and we have lots of baby cherries too. The apple tree bloomed, but but not sure yet if we will finally get apples.
The new acquisition was three peach trees that DH is going to train as espalier on the sheltered south side of the house which has a narrow alley with our neighbor’s garage. He thinks it will be protected enough to save them from the desiccating winter winds that can kill even the northern varieties.
Last, but not least, the mini greenhouse has the herbs that spent the winter in the house, as well as some seedlings that are starting to sprout. The turmeric is very happy as is the cilantro and parsley. We hope the rosemary and basil will be happier outside. The oregano is looking a bit ragged, but we still have hope for it, and the thyme is barely up, so that is still a question mark.
The only other question marks now are whether the strawberry roots will take in their barrels, and and if the pumpkins will invade the neighbor’s once they finally sprout in the alley on the north side.
All in all things are shaping up! Hopefully in a week to 10 days the green will be plainly visible.