I haven't started any seeds yet but do have sweetpotato's in quart jars of water starting to sprout.I have a crate of onion plants and a 100 lbs. of potato's cut and sealed over ready to plant. I put an order in to the local greenhouse for my tomato and peper plants, i don't have time to start my own for my truck garden anymore (with the bees to). May 5th is the last frost date in my area and things really get busy then. Hope it dries up enough to plow soon, i should already of had my potato's and onions in the ground. :roll: Jack
Three days ago when we had a gorgeous 50F sunny day and I direct seeded some of the cool-loving veggies for the first time. I planted a few short rows of:
Winter red Russian kale
White Russian kale
Rouge d'hiver lettuce
Nevada Batavian lettuce
Black seeded Simpson lettuce
Japanese bunching onions
Gigante inverno spinach
Nothing's up yet of course, and now we have a couple days of rain coming, after which it'll get warmer in the 50's and 60's next week.
Next week I'll plant seeds of Swiss chard, leeks, chioggia and bull's blood beets, some other lettuces, bok choy, radishes, and purple kohlrabi. I would have done those already too, but other stuff got in the way so the second half of the first seed planting had to wait a few days.
After that I'll wait a couple more weeks before planting seeds of veggies that respond better to slightly warmer temperatures.
I'm sticking with short (3') rows in multiple succession plantings this year. I pretty much direct seed everything except tomatoes, which i buy as plants around Memorial day.
Please don't hate me...(well, okay... go ahead and hate me :mrgreen: )
Peas are done.
Carrots are done
Onions ready to harvest in a month or so.
Potatoes, well on their way
Tomatoes, through the top of the cage
Sweet corn, just starting to poke up
My little payoff for putting up with California.
Today I dug up and planted the cucumber bed- about 12 feet by 3.5 feet wide. I planted two types- pickling cucumbers, and a ghostly pale white salad eating cuke. I also planted lots of sunflowers.
The honeybees and the solitary native bees will all love both the cucumber flowers and the sunflowers!
By the way, the borage seed I planted in the ground last week is sprouting nicely. I'm watering it whenever it's dry, because borage is rather succulent and delicate when small.
Potatoes and onions have been in the ground two weeks, onions starting to sprout. Lettuce, radishes, beets, spinach ( all up) and 36 tomato plants in our small garden so far, it's a little early here for most warm weather plants. Had to cover tomato plants last night, frost warnings. (it got to 38F) and i'm in a low place and i've had hard frost at 35F. I've got 5 acres plowed for the truck garden but won't start planting it till about the 10th of May. :thumbsup: Jack
Stevie Ray fan- Huckleberries are awesome!!! Great for jellies, its a real small berry almost a blueberry look but smaller. I was in upper Washington state and I think they where high bush. S.W Missouri has some low bush hukleberries I hear but never seen them. Where did you get the Huckleberries? I'd be interested in giving them a try!
Jack we made it back and after I tagged a bird I tilled all afternoon. Still a little wet but should get some peas and ? in tomorrow.
Zane, we enjoyed our visit with you and Amelia. Glad to hear you got old Tom :thumbsup: . Been busy cleaning up the trees from last years storm so the place won't be in to big a mess when the bee club comes down May first. Disc the plowed ground in one field, and going to plant sweet corn tomorrow., but they've got rain forecast for tomorrow :beg: Let it rain we need it. When you and your wife come down this way again in two weeks sttop by if you have time. Jack
BeeHunter- I found the seeds on a shelf at Sunrise Garden Center in Lawrence, KS. They were marketed by Seeds of Change. I know Seeds of Change has a website where you can order heirloom seeds. I also got some heirloom watermelon seeds as well. Now the question is where to plant them with all these shade trees. I don't know what I was thinking when I bought those!
I bet I have fun keeping the birds off of the huckleberries.