The blue tarps worked. Although the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea dumped about 3 inches of rain on us Friday night, the soil below the taps was dry enough to work today. We had a mix of sun and clouds throughout the day, with just enough of a breeze to keep the black flies and mosquitoes at bay.
We started the day with a bike ride, then breakfast with friends at a local restaurant. Then we rode home (uphill, I might add) to do some gardening. First I finished planting annual flowers in containers for the deck. We are going with white and pink this year, with some silver accents. Once all the containers were planted, I mulched the pots with grass clippings to minimize soil splashing and help keep the soil moist. Once that was done,
I fertilized the beds lightly with to give the seedlings some readily accessible nutrients, then Dan and I laid down the plastic mulch. While Dan weeded the shallots (he is a weeding fiend!) I sowed cucumber and squash seeds, then planted lettuce in front of the tomatoes. I peeked under the tomato row cover and discovered some of the tomatoes were flowering, so I removed the row cover to let the bees do their thing. I also cut some chive blossoms for chive blossom vinegar, mmm.
I have more younger lettuce starts to go in the garden, but they will have to await another day. All in all, the garden is looking better, although there is still a LOT to do.
Snap peas are beginning to flower
Tomatoes thriving and uncovered
Peppers planted and covered
90% of the beds are ready for planting (not including the hoop house)
Checked on broccoli, beginning to head up some weeding and recovered
Cucumbers and winter squash sowed50% of the lettuce starts sowedShallots weeded and mulched
Sow bush and pole beans
Purchase and sow “Flying Saucers” Patty Pan squash seed
Sow cabbage and more bok choi, tatsoi, kale (for baby kale) and other Asian greens
Plant leek starts
Plant parsley starts
Plant cutting flower starts
Prep remaining beds
And oh joy, heavy rain is forecast for Monday overnight and Tuesday, with up to 2 inches, and more showers and overcast skies through Thursday. I feel bad for commercial growers, with strawberry season just beginning. Sigh.