Let us take a peak at the garden.
I thought I was going to make some compost tea last weekend, then I read the instructions and learned that hoses and pumps are involved. That is not what I had in mind. So instead I spread compost around the plants and watered it like crazy. Seems to have done the trick.
Most plants are doing well.
My only real worry are the peppers. I planted four varieties, but I think they went in too soon. They are not growing and the leaves do not look good. I am thinking it has just been too cold for them. I will leave them in and think good thoughts, but I am prepared to begin again once the weather warms up. How cold has it been? The heater was on twice the past week. :-(
I have been harvesting the lettuces regularly and there has been enough to keep up with the family eating. SO tasty. I have been plopping new starts into the spaces where the mature lettuce comes out. I hope to be able to continue with pattern that all summer.
We have also been harvesting radishes. I do not remember planting the French Breakfast variety, but that is what is growing. The flavor is classic radish with a little heat in the back of your throat. So good.
A neighbor brought over some garlic that his sister had given him. He had planted all he could and then started walking around offering it to neighbors. I took two cloves of Elephant Garlic and an entire head of an unknown variety. They started sprouting the day after I planted them.
The corn is doing remarkably well considering the cold. It looks there is a patch that is not going to sprout (remember the raking incident?), but I am sure I can find something to fill the spot,
The brussel sprouts are beautiful even though they have Cabbage Worms. I have begun treating them with Neem Oil. This morning I see the little buggers have moved over to the kale. I will be treating the kale with neem oil as well. Not sure how long it will take to eradicate the voracious beasts, but I will be spraying once a week for the foreseeable future.
The peas will be ready to harvest within a couple weeks but are not even close to the height they should be. Yes, some of it is the cold spring, but it is more likely the soil. The soil in the ground is just awful and even after three years of amending this little patch, it is still not healthy. So I have decided not to bother with the beans and cucumbers I had planned to plant after the peas. I will add another raised bed next year to handle the pole crops.
All and all I am really happy with the garden and have begun thinking about what can planted to harvest during the winter months.