May 31, 2014
- Sowed French radishes in terraced bed.
- Sowed snow peas at the ends of several raised beds (back yard).
June 1, 2014
- One half of a raised bed in small garlic bulbs I had saved from last summer (back yard).
- Sowed lettuce and bunching onions in a quarter of a raised bed (back yard).
June 2, 2014
- Bok choy: I had to look really close, but there were three rows of bok choy coming up at the end of the bush bean row.
- Dill: This afternoon, there are little dill seedlings popping up all over the Suyo Long cucumber bed.
Turned potato area: I decided not to use grow bags this year but to dump out soil from last year’s grow bags and turn it into the ground in the same spot. I will plant potatoes in a trench and then add soil as the plants grow. I am at least 4 weeks late in starting potatoes.
Pumpkins: I started digging up along the fence in the back yard for planting pumpkins. Exhausting work, so I only dug about 6 feet and had to stop.
June 3, 2014
- Blue Lake bush beans. I soaked these beans for two hours before planting resulting in much faster germination than last year’s beans.
- Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach
- French radishes (terraced bed)
Organic red onion sets in raised bed (back yard)
June 4, 2014
- Snow peas (back yard)
- Lemon squash (terraced bed)
- Suyo Long cucumbers (back yard)
June 5, 2014
We are finally getting some rain after a fairly long dry spell. I did a quick walk around in the rain and saw more seedlings popping up in the relatively warm rain (61° F). Still no tomato or pepper seedlings, and the corn has not come up yet. I still need to sow pickling cucumber seeds in front garden and potatoes and pumpkins in back garden.
Slugs everywhere already. When it rains, the slugs come up from the ground, sliming their way up the sides of the raised beds, and eat whatever they can find. They love kale, lettuce, anything young and tender. I dread going out there with my cup and scooping slugs up by the hundreds. I really dread this part of gardening. I researched slug bait last year, and nothing is really organic. Beer traps captured two whole slugs out of hundreds, so I would say that is not a solution. Plucking, scooping, picking seems to be the fastest and safest way to dispose of slugs. Yuck!
June 7, 2014
- Stowell’s Evergreen sweet corn (back yard)
- Garlic from small bulbs (back yard)
- Red onions from sets (back yard)
June 8, 2014
- Moskovich tomato
- Forellenschluss Lettuce (heirloom Romaine variety)