Thursday, April 8, 2010

Garden Update

This week we've had some record high temperatures, and the garden hasn't liked it too much. Typically our highs this time of year are in the 50-60's, and this week we've been breaking 90. It's HOT!

My cool weather garden is surviving at the moment, but it doesn't seem to be too happy. This first shot here is some seeds I planted about 2 or 3 weeks ago. I planted a spring lettuce mix, a row of onions and some kale here. Lettuce won't sprout if it's too warm, so I'm waiting for this heat wave to pass before I put anymore in on the side garden.

When I make a new row of seeds, I try to put something in to mark them, so I don't pull the new seedlings up thinking they are weeds. I managed to steal some of my son's army guys and put them to work. Another easy solution is to pocket some wooden stirrers from starbucks. That will probably be my next option. They'd probably look nicer then little soldiers. ;) Red soldier guy is protecting more kale that has sprouted, and behind him are my sugar snap peas. They'll grow up the trellis behind him. The blue army guy is protecting more lettuce, but they haven't sprouted yet. My guess is it's been too warm.

This next picture is of my cauliflower and broccoli. I bought these already sprouted from Lowe's two weeks ago. They were doing fantastic until this heatwave. They're another cool weather plant. Luckily tomorrow it's supposed to cool back off. Hopefully I'll manage to get a bumper crop, our family really loves our broccoli and cauliflower and it freezes so easily, so it will last.

Hopefully after the rains tonight and tomorrow I can get back out there this weekend with the cooler weather and plant more lettuce and sugar snap peas. My kids love to pick the peas off the vine. They are so super sweet, they love them.

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