May 15, 2010:
I know I have been nagging you for months now about starting your planting early. So is it worth doing? Here it is May, 15th, and most of you in the Northeast are just starting to think about planting, especially since the weather has been so cold and windy.
Well, while you are just dusting off the wheelbarrow and looking for the hoe, I enjoyed the first mess of
spinach and lettuce from my garden yesterday. If you are only planting now, you will have to wait until early July to enjoy the bounty.
My early peas are starting to flower, which means I will be picking peas in about 2 weeks, followed by my late peas, which will keep me supplies until July. Sugar Snaps will follow them until late Summer.
My carrots are a good 6″ tall, as are my beets. Even the warm weather crops have survived the cold & wind, and will produce super early crops, such as the tomatoes, eggplant, cukes, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, etc. Even my new blueberry bushes are in flower, and my new raspberry bushes are starting to show new growth.
I will be setting out my melons this week, right along side my peas. As the peas are finished, the melons will take over the trellis, producing a double crop from the same space. As the spinach and lettuce finish when the weather get hot, I will add some compost to the soil, and replant for a Fall crop.
Getting the maximum out of your garden takes planning, and the willingness to actually do what you plan.
The majority of my garden chores and planting are not done, and I can look forward to enjoying my rewards . . . which you are probally just getting started! This would be a good lesson to learn for next years, if you are the true, dirt under your fingernails type of gardener!
“The Garden Guy: