Then the rain came and lasted the entire month of May. Officially we had 20 inches of rain, the wettest month ever. Even when we had the occasional dry day, the garden was too muddy to walk in and I didn't want to compact the soil.
At the end of May we went to the feed store on the day they were closing out the greenhouse and had everything on sale, so we bought an entire tray of seedlings. I usually start tomato, pepper and other warm weather crop seeds weeks before the last frost, but that didn't happen this spring either. Sometimes we just have to adapt and go with the flow, so we bought our transplants.
I looked at herb plants too but they were in sad shape - actually, most of the seedlings looked pretty sad. I hoped the plants I bought would revive with some water and tender loving care. Well, they had lots of water - all that rain - and most of them did survive.
|Volunteer tomato plant on the right|
Then I found several volunteer tomato plants in the chicken run too. I transplanted those to the garden - all fourteen of them. (Like most chicken keepers, I gave my flock the food scraps at the end of each day. Evidently they got tired of tomato seeds!) I'm thankful that even though I didn't get the garden planted before the month-long rains began, God still provided garden plants. One is a yellow pear plant; it had little green pear-shaped tomato babies. Another has round tomatoes. They will all be a mix of the varieties I grew last year. No matter what variety they are, tomatoes are always welcome on our table. Hopefully I'll have a lot of tomatoes to can later this summer.
|Last summer's yellow pear tomatoes|
Now I'm slowly getting the rest of the seedlings into the ground, and I've realized that we bought quite a variety of tomatoes at that greenhouse sale: Cherokee Purple, an Arkansas Traveler and a Mortgage Lifter, Juliet Cherry, Pink Brandywine and Bradley tomatoes. There are peppers, eggplant, and yellow wax beans to be planted too. It's too late for cold weather crops but I'm planting seeds for the warm weather plants and hoping for the best.
The onions are leftovers from last year. The small onions I pulled up last fall overwintered on a shelf in the mudroom and started sprouting in early spring, so I stuck them back in the ground. This year I know to plant them shallowly so they will grow larger and it's already made a difference.
The comfrey roots I ordered have arrived. The spot I had chosen for them has to be re-thought because our neighbor's cows have been visiting every week or so and would have access to them.
There are sunflowers growing in the margin of the garden, volunteers from last year's single plant that went to seed, and a sunflower under each bird feeder. Although not a food crop, they are cheerful and fun.
How is your garden growing?
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