Well folks, I’m wiped. We finally got a sunny weekend this past weekend, although it was still mucky and damp and chilly in parts. It was enough, enough that I could get out and push the last of the plantings into the ground. (Now, I say last, but really I just mean the last of the spring plantings, there are summer/fall plantings that will happen soon enough.) Thanks to week after week of rainy cold pushing the planting schedule back, this also happened to be the weekend I was gearing up for a 5 day startup for a large project at my 9-5. This is one of those things I try to never let happen; thanks so much Mother Nature.
So, I put in 50 hours in the cube-farm, and then I planted most of our beans and tomatoes and peppers. I am still flooded out of a good chunk of my growing ground, it’s very low lying and I went out this weekend and it looked more like a creek than a garden. I am holding back a fraction of my seedlings, and hoping they’ll survive another week or so inside, and I’ll try to plant them outside when that section of ground dries. My back up plan here is to plant seeds there, something quick, like a summer squash or bush bean. That way if the stupid plot takes another 2 or 3 weeks to dry out, I’ve still got something ready to go that will grow well and not be too stressed by the summer heat. If I lose a few seedling to the gambit, that’s ok, most got planted out.
This is how you have to think, I’ve found, when you really care about getting a lot food out of a garden. It’s not just an square foot of dirt, it has specific drainage patterns (and issues), with specific hours of sunlight and percent of shade. It doesn’t just get planted on Memorial day and harvested on Labor day. I have to weave plantings in and out as much as I can, if one harvests early, I should have something that can fill the gap left until winter kills. I let some volunteer lettuce grow in the tomato bed this spring, and I planted my tomato plants around the lettuce as much as possible. I know the lettuce will be done by the time the tomatoes come into blossom and fruit, and until that time, they can happily cohabitate and the lettuce can help shade out other weeds.
Anyway, I got rambly there, sorry. I was going to ask for suggestions, I still need to plant most of my containers. I’ve grown the usual assortment of lettuce and eggplants and cherry tomatoes in the pots. But, I have tons of volunteer lettuce, and my family won’t eat eggplant, so I need suggestions for something new to try. I have one big blue pot that has 2 feet of root space, and two medium pots that are maybe 18″ high, and then a smattering of smaller ones.
I’m way to busy to think of something creative and nutritious, so y’all really need to make me proud here. Hit the comment button, and tell me what you think I should plant. The only thing in them at all is one healthy chive plant. If I like your suggestion, I’ll order the seeds, and get you a pack too.
– Calamity Jane