Wow, with all of the wild swings in weather that we’ve been having in the Midwest, it’s a wonder that anything is growing! Even though it feels like I obsessively check my garden every day sometimes to find little change that I can see, when I compare pictures taken ten days apart, I can see that growth is happening. Here is my lasagna bed, planted with spinach and a variety of lettuces, on April 26:
And here it is today, only ten days later:
The chive blossoms are about to open. This year I’m ready to make chive blossom vinegar when they do. You just pick the blossoms and soak them in white wine vinegar for a few weeks, and then you have this lovely lavender vinegar.
I also have a little patch of sugar snap peas growing:
I finally got most of the back plot planted with beets, mustard greens, Fordhook Giant and rainbow Swiss chard, Dragon Tongue Bush beans, Uzbek melon, butternut squash, and Musquee de Provence Pumpkin. I’m also trying to mulch with straw this year to keep the soil a bit softer.
We also tilled a couple of new beds and hand dug another couple. To the west of our shed, we have a strawberry patch. It doesn’t get sunlight until 12 pm, but the sun is so strong here in Kansas and lasts in this spot until 7 or 8 pm that I’m hoping it will be enough. Last year’s experiment in the front planter was short-lived. Several of the strawberry roots I purchased from Walmart never grew, and in the end, we liked vincas there better, so this year I tried Aldi strawberry roots – 15 for $2.49. I ended up getting 35 roots out of two packages, and so far, all of them are sprouting leaves, so let’s hope the growth continues!
We also are planting some flowers from seed in plots off the back and front of the house. It looks pretty bare right now, but I want to show it so that I have something to compare to later on in the season.