Planting by Degrees
ooking back in my garden notes for planting dates tells me, yes, I have planted some warm weather crops in mid-May, but it’s been awful hard to forget the sting of the last few cold, wet springs. Two years ago, I wasn’t planting until late June! But gardeners aren’t known as gamblers for no reason.
Taking a gamble isn’t too hard if you have plenty of seed, and a deadline (Jane’s freshening) looming before you. I think I will be pretty busy and occupied when Jane has her calf, so anything I can get planted now will be a boon. For sure, not planting only guarantees that I will be planting at a later date and that gives me fewer options.
This flint corn comes in yellow, orange and a deep red. Since it is thought that the higher anthocyanin content in the red pigmented corn helps ward off fungus, therefore allowing better emergence in cooler soils, I am selecting from my largest red and orange ears. I also want to keep the original eight row version, so I selected only the ears that meet that criteria.
I also want to grow sweet corn this year, so a staggered planting is necessary to avoid cross contamination of my flint corn. It’s way too cold for planting out sweet corn, so getting my more cold tolerant flint corn a head start, gives me a chance to test for true vigor in cooler temperatures that are so common here in late May and early June.
Besides all Jane’s roots being planted, here is the list of what got planted in the garden between other projects this past weekend:
Potatoes – Purple Viking, Romanze
Stuttgarter Onion (sets)
Sweet Meat Winter Squash (direct seed)
Styrian Naked Seed Pumpkin (direct seed)
National Pickling Cucumber (direct seed)
Lemon Cucumber (direct seed)
Abenaki Calais Flint Corn (direct seed)
Brilliant Celeriac (transplant)
More flats of lettuce, bok choy, cabbage, brussels sprouts, romanesco, cauliflower, broccoli, melons and kale for planting out later.
It sounds like a lot when I list it all out like that, but I have a lot more to plant in the coming months. Phew, thank heavens for a rainy day to water in my seeds and let me get caught up.