This Week in the Garden
ews about Jane: She continues to improve and Blake is thriving. I sent a milk sample to the veterinary college yesterday and am awaiting the results to see what we are actually dealing with. Until then we are just plugging along and back into the milking routine like I never took two years off. Jane acts like she read the book, she knows what to do, and is a joy to handle and milk. Blake is as smart as a whip and fun to play with. But life goes on, and the other part of our food supply are the gardens, which need some serious attention.
We would not be eating anything we grew this year if it wasn’t for the greenhouse. We had a window of dry weather, but also frosts hard enough to set back the Himalayas, and then its been too wet to plant much of anything since. Here’s a photo tour of the gardens from this past weekend. I’ll start outside:
Mangels for Jane.
It’s always been my experience that direct seeding is the way to go with cucurbits, and only in the last three cold springs have I resorted to starting my squash in the greenhouse for transplanting. It’s also been my experience that cucumbers actually do take colder temperatures than their larger cousins in the squash family, despite reading admonishments (even from my gardening fave Steve Solomon) that cucumbers can’t take the weather. Well, again, the cukes came through for me, I planted pickling and lemon cucumbers, naked seed pumpkins, and my Sweet Meat squash. The cukes came up and the squash seed rotted, and to add insult to injury the Carol Deppe Sweet Meat seed a friend shared with me failed to come either, despite the cold tolerance bred into it by Carol. It’s been cold, 39°F this am and 2.6 inches of rain yesterday! I am ready for summer or even a warm end to spring, I’m not picky either, just a little more warmth would be appreciated.
However, it is summer-like in the greenhouse.