It's mid-June and the Summer Equinox is a week away. My vegetable boxes have little to show for the time of year. The cool spring has made the lettuces, spinach, green onions, radishes and snow pea's happy.
|Cool Weather Veggie Box|
I have kept netting over the veggies as I fear the masses of birds that enjoy our feeders. Also, after I put up the netting, I saw a reduction in slug attacks. I recently created some supports for the snow peas and that also helped raise the netting. My snow peas did fine without supports last year, but it was fun to do.
If you notice in any of my photo's that it looks wet, well, it was. Yes, I garden in the rain, as the blog name suggests..because if I do not, I would never get any work around the gardens done this year!
My tomatoes are growing. The larger is 'Sweet 100' cherry tomato, perfect for the husbands salads (I do not like tomatoes myself..can you believe it?!) I am also growing 'Beef Steak' because the name sounded cool :) Despite the cool temperatures they are surprising me with blooms and growth.
|Tomatoes placed each on the ends of the boxes|
I also put egg shells around the tomatoes. Honestly, I don't know why I did, but I read somewhere that you should. Thoughts? I also tried to do a little companion planting and am growing the baby finger carrots near the tomatoes.
I am growing bush beans. I neglected to write down the variety. They are not doing well. It's been cool and sunshine has been spotty at best.
Here is a shot of my bell peppers and potato pots.
|potatoes, peppers, pumpkins|
I am attempting to grow a red and orange bell pepper varieties. To the right of them is a baby pumpkin plant. Behind them I am attempting to grow California White potatoes. I have covered them up once so far. Clearly I had no idea early on that I should have started them lower in the pots as they are now quite full of dirt. Beginners error!
Behind the potato pots is a small bed with two hills of Howden pumpkins with Walla Walla sweet onions.
Here is a sad fellow.
Clearly this variety of cucumber require more sun and heat. A few of the leafs look better than the others. Hoping it will bounce back.
Also the Butternut Squash is failing. Only one out of three starts is making a go of it.
It's no surprise that the cool weather vegetables are happy. I have another sowing of spinach getting ready.
It's not uncommon to get a lot of rain in the Pacific Northwest. The cool temps this year have really created a snag in how early the warm weather veggies could be started outside. I think I would like to create a hoop house or get a small green house in the future to give these plants needed heat in the early season.
It's been a lot of fun to experiment with vegetable growing. The specialty garden soil that I purchased has really make a significant different for the better. Bye Bye rotten clay!
Despite the cool and rainy weather, I really have enjoyed all of the work I've engaged in to build these boxes, haul the soil down to them and the planning / plotting of designing my vegetable garden. It's such a welcome break from the work week and my kiddos have been at my side, learning along with me.
Good times. Cheers, Jenni