Friday, May 25, 2012
What a difference a year makes
A relatively dry winter - except for a sopping wet March - means that cool weather things are fading fast. I found one bud on the peas - they put out like crazy, and don't appear to be bouncing back to bloom some more, even though the weather has been a little cooler the last couple of weeks.
On the other hand, I got overly enthusiastic and started my tomatoes inside too early, aided by a better insulated greenhouse window and a new heating mat. So - I put them in the ground early. And three varieties - the Rutgers, the Orange King, and the cherry - have set fruit! I may have tomatoes in July (if we don't get lots of June gloom) instead of a few teasers in August and no real production until Labor Day like last year.
I've gotten a few reports from those with whom I shared my plants, too, and they are pleased. I might become a hero, when, alas, it is really just our very variable weather.
I'm having to water a couple of areas that need some digging so I can plant my pole beans. The only plants left on the potting bench at home are winter squash - to go in within the week - and the eggplant, which will go in when the garlic comes out - and that will probably be early this year, too. It's looking fat and fine.
The sage garden I planted around our sign is coming along and beginning to look pretty good. But the best photo I took yesterday is of the tricolor culinary sage in my plot. Between the sign planting and my plot I now have nine (9) species and/or varieties of perennial sage. I must be craving sagacity.