The sun came out Monday so SM and I tip-toed between the puddles and ponds in our backyard to check out the garden.
Everything seems to be enjoying the wet, cool weather we've been having except the tomatoes. If things don't dry out and heat up a bit, it could be a bust year for them. In just the past week alone we've had a total of just over 3" of rain with more on the way.
The lettuce is going bananas. We've been eating salads like crazy and the sugar peas are only NOW starting to bloom.
Wow! Usually they're pulled up by May 15th because of the heat. At this rate we might be munching on pea pods by the end of the month.
The strawberries are loaded but still small and only a few of them are ripening. Unfortunately those have gotten "beaked" by the friggin birds. They eat them when the berry is only 1/2 red! The nerve!
So I ordered more netting last week since our beds are 16' long and the hoops are so tall. The netting I had was just too small. Since these are everbearing strawberries, I wanted netting that would stay in place all summer and allow us easy access. We attached the last of the netting this morning so hopefully the berries belong to us now.
SM spotted our first ever apples along with some ladybugs doing their thing. We're excited that this year might actually be an apple year for us. Long way till harvest though. Many are in clusters of 3 to 6 apples. Should we thin them out or let them be?
I still haven't gotten the sweet peppers planted yet. They're still lounging under the porch awning and I'm still bringing them in to the grow light at night. Maybe this weekend I'll get them in. They're still so small!
Sunflowers, winter squash and (maybe) sweet potatoes have yet to be planted. I've got a few more weeks to get those beds weeded and some compost tossed onto them.
I won't complain about these temperatures though. It's actually quite nice to not have the AC on. Even as we speak I've got the windows and doors open.
I know that Mamma N could flip the switch at any moment but other than hoping for at least ONE hot weekend for a beach run, I'd be perfectly happy with a cooler than normal Summer.
And a L O N G Fall.