“We love this weather!” exclaim the tomatoes, squash, melons, corn, and beans. “About time!”
Oh, don’t forget the baby basil, starting to plump out their true leaves.
Oooowee! Tomatoes enjoying freedom from their red jackets, and lots of things rejoicing in warmth.
Do we gardeners get bonus points for our patience?
Yes, finally we have been graced with several days of real summer weather, so that the logarithmic growth rate is very visible. Rumor has it that consistently warm days will not be with us until late July or August, and we’ll be bouncing around with cooler weather again, possibly this coming week. But, it finally feels like we’re in the real month of June, albeit near the end.
With the longest days of the summer solstice at hand, as if on cue, the spinach has bolted, as well as a couple of beets and some lettuce. Time for a big greens harvest.
Great hidey-holes in the towering sugar peas; Juniper is out, where's Aspen?
Although we’re not tracking the pounds of bounty going to the food bank, per se, I think it would be fairly realistic to say that at least 75% of June’s bounty is going to help others. At least 7 pounds of greens were harvested this morning, headed directly to a food bank.
Over 7 pounds of luscious greens headed for a food bank
Prediction: no knee-high corn by July 4th; maybe shin-high. Will report!
Posted in Community garden, Summer, Uncategorized
Tagged basil, beets, chard, Community garden, kale, lettuce, melons, solstice, spinach, summer squash, tomato
April….spring….is always shifty in relation to weather, but this year feels less normal “than normal”. This isn’t surprising to some of us who can feel the invisible shift in planetary energetics. Strong fluctuations of Earth’s geomagnetic fields, episodes of solar winds, coinciding with increased tectonic activity around the world, just might influence weather patterns and people’s energy, though we won’t hear of it via traditional technology or the media.
Slowly but surely there is growth. The large overwintering kale doesn't count....
April has taken forever to get through; it seems like eons ago that we put in our first cool-crops in the CG. Happily, they germinated well despite heavy rains just after seeding. They have survived several episodes of hail, heavy rain and wind storms, frost, and “much lower than average” temperatures for the month. We could call it….Apruary. Somehow February and April got mixed up. But the sporadic days of sun between storms have brought us snippets of warmth, enough for the plants to show some substance, so initial thinnings were just made. Love those tasty kale, lettuce, spinach, and pea sprouts! I decided to try potatoes again this year, so planted them last week. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a decent crop. I think I heard something about a warming trend in early May. Yes! Please, oh please.
Aspen beginning his tentative first outdoor explorations: his motto seems to be "always safer to hunker down and watch".
Where's Juniper? Where's Aspen? We know you're there....somewhere.
So, what is the current bumper crop? Weeds!
Posted in Community garden, Furred and feathered friends, Spring, Uncategorized, Weather related
Tagged frost, kale, lettuce, peas, pets, potatoes, scallions, spinach