Front yard columbine

Finally! Two days ago, the water was finally turned on in our community garden. Yesterday, the kids and I spent two hours in the garden weeding, planting and watering. We needed to pull a large amount of onions to make space. They are currently curing on the front porch much to the chagrin of my daughter who has to live with the smell as her bedroom opens to the porch. I planted most of my seedlings: 6 tomato plants, 3 basil plants plus kale, chard, different lettuces and leeks. I also sowed nasturtiums.

We harvested some of the radishes. The peas never came up, not a single one but I know that some of the seeds germinated. I suspect the birds, which have been very active in the garden. The carrots sadly also never came up.

Not much to look at yet but lots of things in the ground.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Still no water in the garden. So, currently I have radishes, carrots, lettuce, beets and parsley growing in the plot. The seedlings are strong and ready to go in the ground, but I will wait a few more days hoping that we will get water soon.

Butter lettuce on back porch

I replanted two tomatoes, one hot pepper, eggplant, parsley and basil plant each on the back porch. There are also two lettuces in medium-size pots and a variety of herbs. The front porch has dwarf peas, lettuce and kale as well as mint, chives and cilantro grown from seed.

Waiting …
Dwarf bush peas
Front porch: flowers, peas, lettuces, kale, mint, chives, cilantro


Water drop on butternut squash leaf

We still do not have water in the garden. It is supposed to be turned on this season but not until the governor lifts the stay-at-home order, which is currently scheduled to expire a week from today. So, not much is going on in the plot. The radishes are coming up and I transplanted some Chiogga beets (a gift from another gardener) and some head lettuce today. I also resowed peas today, which miraculously have been disappearing over the last few weeks. I suspect the birds. This is my third (and last) attempt.

Different shades of green among my seedlings
My seedlings hardening off

Garden update

Tulip “Blushing Apeldoorn” from my garden plot.

Not much happening in the garden yet. It has been a cold and wet spring so far, we even had snow on April 18 and night frost just a few days ago. The radishes are beginning to show, but none of the carrots and only a few of the peas. I reseeded sugar snap peas and rainbow carrots yesterday. The previous carrots were likely washed out, and my guess is that the birds got the rest of the peas. Fingers crossed for this batch. It is supposed to warm up to the sixties in the next few days.

Arugula and lettuces on the back porch

Meanwhile, the porch plantings are making progress, the spring greens are coming in nicely. I also have growing radishes (and hopefully mache), and I sowed chard, kale, cilantro and chives. Of those, only the kale is coming up. Very slowly.

Grape hyacinth on back porch

The seedlings are looking good. Pictured above are tomatoes, lettuce and basil. Under the grow light I have going: tomatoes, lettuce, parsley, kale, hot pepper, eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini and winter squash (butternut and delicata).