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Sunday, May 17, 2009

What's Up in the Home Garden

It's the middle of May now, and things are really growing!
We've had a lot of rain this spring.

Unfortunately, it's been a bit cold. We are forecast to have a frost tonight! Yikes, my poor tomatoes out at the farm may not make it. Luckily, I still have backups sitting in their growing containers, waiting.

Due to the cold temperatures, I have not been able to plant any summer vegetable seeds yet. Hoping for better weather next week to put in the squashes.

As for our home garden, here are some pictures of how things are looking now.

The cherry tree is fruiting:

The lettuce is really taking off. Here is an heirloom variety romaine called Freckles:
The strawberry plants are flowering:

Look! The asparagus roots I planted just over a month ago are growing! Here is the first shoot of asparagus:

The rhubarb roots I put in just over a month ago are also alive and sprouting! This tiny leaf is only an inch or two tall. In a couple of years, I'll be able to harvest some rhubarb.

The potatoes are looking great. Pretty soon I'll have to start hilling them.

The radishes:

The corn is sprouting. Here is a unique heirloom that boasts beautiful colored striped leaves, which are already showing on this two-inch tall sprout:

The chives are ready to blossom:

My poor tomato plants. They are cold.

I refuse to call these "weeds". This is a bunch of "volunteer" cilantro. A volunteer is a plant that grows where you didn't plant it. I guess it could also be called a weed, which is simply a plant growing where you don't want it to grow. I know exactly how this cilantro got there... last year's full seeded plants were put into the compost, and the compost was tilled in this spring. Good thing we love cilantro!

1 comment:

  1. Speaking of cilantro, ours has seeded throughout the yard, and whenever Andy mows, the whole block smells like a Mexican restaurant, lol!