Friday, May 23, 2008

How my garden grows, mid-May

(happy green babies)
It's been an unusually cool spring this year- rarely above 60F during the day and into the 40s or lower at night. My greens and peas are loving it; my hot crops like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant, not so much. The peppers were suffering so much that I actually brought them back inside, put a grow light over their cold heads, stuck a seedling heat mat under their cold feet, and fed them some nice worm poop. They are doing much better now.
The tomatoes and eggplants- well, they went into a phase that looks like dormancy. But they will be fine. I left them outside.
My kales have had a few visits from the evil cabbage moths already, but this year I'm staying on top of it- I'm hand-picking off the little yellow eggs before they can hatch. It's not hard to spot the eggs, and it's working great. I have just a few kale plants so it's an easy feat. And the moths don't like my mustard greens- as if I needed another reason to love Asian mustards.
The squash plants (one eightball and one yellow zucchini) are already beginning to bud a little bit. They each have about 8 leaves on them, and more little leaves are ready to unfurl.
I might have to pick a peapod or two today to go with my lunch- for about two weeks now, lunch has been a generous handful of chopped mixed greens sprinkled on top of some kind of bean soup, drizzled with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. It is so GOOD.
All in all, the vegetables are very healthy and doing quite well. Now, we just need some hotter weather...


Mad Man Bamboo said...

Hey, we hit the mid-100's about a week ago here in CA, really sucks and way to early. Your not kidding about your balcony, that is large!


Rabbits' Guy said...

I missed this ... holy moly .. THAT is success ... all that faith you had several months ago!

The Barber Bunch said...

Looking good! I can't wait until I see some growth on my plants!

My MIL and SIL and I are starting out Garden Co OP this weekend!

That lunch looks YUMMY!

Wildside said...

Oh, love that scene, a bit of green! (Just discovered you today...)