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The weather here has been less than cooperative. It is either raining buckets or flirting with frost. Somewhat late for us to be having frost events. Needless to say it has really changed my schedule with the garden and had me running out to cover the strawberries a few times. Things are growing out there though.

The lettuce varieties are coming up: bibb, summer heatwave blend, and the green ice. The green ice has been slow to come up while the bibb is going crazy! Will need to thin the lettuce I think.

Bibb Lettuce
Bibb Lettuce

The beets are up and will need to be thinned when they get a bit taller. I have a few peas coming up but don’t feel like they are going to come up well so I started some peas inside and they are sprouting nicely. The cabbage and broccoli are happy as can be and the strawberries are doing well. I keep pinching blooms on the strawberries for now so they can focus on growing and establishing themselves. I may let them bloom later in the season since they are everbearing.

Cabbage
Cabbage
Broccoli
Broccoli
Strawberry
Strawberry

The carrots are finally coming up but not well and no sign of the potatoes or garlic. Not worried yet though. I did plant the beans because the weather was looking favorable going forward, unfortunately, mother nature has other plans and it may get cold again. If necessary I can re-seed them later on. I’m just hoping my tomatoes and pepper plants don’t ship until the weather improves!

I’ve decided to create a raised bed out of wood from the swing set we are taking down. I’m going to put it against the fence line where we have a patch of grass that won’t grow. That should go up in the next week or so depending on the crazy weather. In the meantime, I’ve been pulling grass clumps out of the garden where nothing is planted yet and adding to the soil with claybreaker and organic soil. I did fertilize the cabbage, broccoli, and strawberries for the first time with organic fertilizer.

The hardening of the other seedlings that I started did not go so well. I had them outside on the front of the house which gets morning sun for several days and they did great. I moved them to the back of the house where the garden is for some better sun and the cucumbers completely fell and didn’t come back after being babied inside for a few days. The cantaloupe didn’t do that and it is OK so far. The beans got put out and I didn’t expect most of them to make it and the weather last night pretty much did them in. I’m hoping that I get better at this seed starting thing. Any suggestions would be good and I’d really like to know what completely deflated the cucumber stems and caused them to fall. I’ve searched and found nothing so far.

Hardening Fail with the Cucumbers
Hardening Fail with the Cucumbers
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