Hello from the late May garden. This is the time of year I do most of my fretting over the garden. It's the seeds that do it to me. Will they come up? What if they don't come up? Does it look like they're coming up? It's been five days, I don't see anything! I better re-seed.
For the most part, everything is coming along really well. The tomatoes are already bigger than they were just days ago, and flowering. The onions and cucumbers are surprising me with how fast they're growing. The first round of spinach is knee high, and the broccoli is just stunning -- we've already harvested two massive heads, and a third will become a part of dinner tonight.
The strawberries are in, and producing quite well, though I think my hopes of jam are overly optimistic. The last few days we're picking them by the handful, but they're all consumed within minutes of being pulled from the plant, sun-warmed and perfectly sweet.
But, my greens -- specifically my lettuces, kale, and chard -- are just not germinating very well at all. We've been trying to sweeten our soil for the last several years, it's quite acidic, and I know that's part of the problem. The flea beetles, too, are munching on every little sprout that pokes it's head through the soil making it difficult for the poor plants to even get going. Also, it's been quite a dry spring in these parts, although earlier this week we received two inches of rain in two hours, but gosh, the ensuing flood didn't do much for those delicate seedlings. I do have lettuce, kale and collards growing in several other spots -- mixed in with my perennials, and herbs -- outside of the garden proper. There is enough, in fact, that I'm eating two salads a day, and I think I will even begin freezing kale soon. But, you know, can one have too many greens? I think not.
That's the thing with gardening. You just never know what Mother Nature will throw at you. So I'll continue to re-seed, and I'll continue to fret a bit, and I'll continue to believe in tomorrow's bounty.