check out this earlier post I wrote on the topic.)
I am finally thinking garden thoughts. I'm late on that too, perhaps because the weather has been fittin', as my older friends might say. It's hard to think about planting when the ground is so soggy you can lose a shoe in it, or when it's covered by snow and the wind is howling. Usually by this time I have lettuce, onions, peas, radishes and beets in the ground. This year, the garden is still as wet as can be. Larry has pruned the grapes and some other fruits so that job at least is out of the way.
(The photo below is from early May last year with the spring garden in full tilt. Ah me, wasn't it lovely?)
But this weekend, it looks like we'll get some drying out time, and I think the lettuce bed might be possible, along with a few radish seeds and onion sets.Once again we are looking to plant what we will eat and eat in season as much as possible. Potatoes are, sadly, on the do-not-plant list--or if we do, it will be a short row for new potatoes only. The Colorado Potato Beetle is so bad now that the bugs are literally waiting for the plants to come up. The only remedy for the terrible infestation of them is to use very heavy, expensive pesticides--and if I'm going to do that, I might as well buy my potatoes. We're considering planting late to see if we can perhaps avoid the beetles that way. But the last two years have been such a battle that I think we need to just leave potatoes alone for a while. We don't eat many anyway--50 pounds would last us a year because with a diabetic in the house, potatoes are on the special treat menu. Which is okay with me, since I don't need those carb calories either.
Are you planning any gardening this weekend? Or are you still covered up in snow and winter?
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