April Showers Bring May Flowers

by GettingFreedom on May 1, 2009

In this case I hoping for those blooms to be on my veggie plants. But, I’ll take some blooms on the flowers, too please.

The last few weeks of April have been nothing but rain. Overnight our yard has turned into a jungle of sorts, but the sun hasn’t came out long enough to dry things up. Good thing I need those grass clippings to use as mulch in my garden!

I’ve busily been trying to get the garden all in shape. Our last average frost date was April 18th–so I’ve been trying to get things all planted outside now. I think I only had a handful of days in there, though that I could plant. Last week I originally planned to be my planting week (where I emptied my greenhouse and got most seeds into the ground), but I had company 3 out of the 5 days, and was baking a replica wedding cake for a surprise anniversary party the rest of those days. I managed to plant some on Wednesday night with my Mother-In-Law…but really that was it.

Here is what I’ve got in the ground:

  • Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce
  • Cimmaron Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Spinach (not an heirloom)
  • Dwarf Pak Choy (seeds–but haven’t sprouted, yet. Hope this rain isn’t their death)
  • Chinese Kale (seeds. Crossing my fingers for these, too)
  • St. Vallery Carrots (Ditto.)
  • 5 lbs of Potaotes. We’ve covered them 5 times now!
  • 4 Waltham Broccoli
  • 1 measly Cauliflower (out of TONS. I have no idea what happened to the rest of the seeds. This is also not an heirloom)
  • Reverend Morrow Longkeeper Tomato (Not sure exactly how many we planted and how many are still living. For one reason or another I know at least 2 have perished since planting outside.)
  • Amish Paste Tomato.
  • Roma Tomato
  • Black Krim Tomato.
  • 8 Golden Cal Wonder Peppers
  • 40 Strawberry (Neither of the 2 varieties are heirloom)
  • Oh yeah–and roughly 150-200 onions (white, yellow, and red)

I have many, many more plants that are dying to be planted, but I don’t foresee this happening until mid to late next week because of all of this rain.

I have a few of our permanent gardening beds that still need to be laid out. Unfortunately we wated so long since working up the soil that we have weeds galore. I’ve weeded alot in between rain showers and let me tell you–that is hard work! I’m really trying to do an organic garden this year, but I admit that Roundup is calling my name right now! Anyone have any organic herbicide and pesticide recipes for me? Alyssa from Keeping The Kingdom First recommended spraying straight vinegar. Anyone have any other suggestions for me?

Quick Gardening Tip: Weed after you’ve watered your garden or after some rain. The moist soil makes the weeds (root and all) come out so much easier.

How is your garden and seedlings coming?

This post is linked to Garden Club Friday.

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