May Garden tour – Part 1

I took some pictures of garden beds yesterday and this is opportunity to showcase my garden. There’s still too many weeds, too many empty unkempt spots. First week of May has brought wonderful sunshine and I am using it to clean up. I’ll click pictures as garden cleaning progresses.

This is bed 1, close to house. It gets east sun, in shade after noon-ish. I usually plant cool loving greens/plants here.

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From left: Wall Wall Sweet Onions, Red Sails lettuce, Pak Choi, some spinach, Chard, Parsely and Green Sorrel

 

Notice Sorrel is starting to bolt? I twisted off seed stalks yesterday, sorrel should go back to producing more greens. These greens don’t turn bitter (or more lemony) when seed stalks appear unlike other greens.

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Bolting green sorrel

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close look at Onions, Red sails lettuce and pak choi

More later… Happy Gardening!

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How’s the garden growing? – One More Seedling Tour

Enough of the seedlings, really, I am waiting for warmer days so many things can be moved in to the garden. Here’s photo tour of the seedlings and garden in last week of May.

There is no germination in directly seeded green beans, Intense rain last 2 weeks managed to rot the seeds. Out of frustration, I started trayful of green beans inside, these have come up nicely.

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Spinach on left and chard on right, spinach is growing beyond 4 leaves, this is first time for me.

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Broccoli raab has put on new growth  

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Dill has sprouted in container, it is densely planted because I’ll am growing dill to use as greens, won’t be growing for seed

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Neat rows of radish, I have 2 varieties growing – Cherry Belle and icicle. Seedlings are about 1 week old.

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And now, now so good photos – Due to intense rains and cooler temps, warm weather crops are suffering. We still have temps in lower 60s during days and nights are 40s. Feels like March… Basil is dying, Agatha tomatoes are stunted. I am being lazy to bring them inside during nights, I think should start doing that.

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Seedlings

I started out with sowing later than last year and my seedlings are just emerging or in their cotyledon stage. I have got all summer veggies started out this way, all cool weather crops are directly seeded.

recycled food tray and recycled foam cups with seedlings. Summer seeds were sown here – 2 varieties of Tomato, eggplant, bunching onion, sweet banana peppers and bell peppers.

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Ace sweet pepper and  Agatha Tomato seedling. Agatha is growing faster than other varieties. In few more days, I’ll plant these out in bigger cups.

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Basil and Ichiban eggplant seedlings. Basil loves hot weather, it is taking most time to grow.

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Bunching Onion and Turnip. Turnips love cool weather, were sown outdoors last week. Bunching onions also do well in cool, they’ll be transplanted in a week

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Methi sown in container has emerged. methi will do fine even in cool temps – our nights are still in upper 30s to 40s. Shoebox container holds cauliflower seedlings, these are not doing well, turning yellow and look poor.

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One of the wintersown seeds (in Feb) have bolted, label faded and I still don’t know what it is. Have you seen anything tinier than this bolting so fast?

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Rows of fenugreek (methi). My FIL seeded half bed with methi and remaining with coriander seeds. Half bed of methi has germinated well, nothing on Cilantro side. Cilantro aka coriander germinates slow, germination temp should be above 70F. Northwest hasn’t seen temps in 70s yet. I hope seeds don’t rot and stay viable for few more days…

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Peas have emerged, I have just 8 plants coming up. About 5-6 didn’t germinate, lost 3 plants to hail and I have run out of seeds. In 2 small pots, cabbage is happy.

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