Sunday, May 2, 2010

Summer Gardening in May

Today was in the mid 80s in Washington DC. It felt just like summer, a bit muggy and a chance of thunderstorms. And it was time to get back into the garden. After taking a weekend off to go to the Foxfield Races down in Charlottesville, VA, I was eager to see how our seeds were doing and if they were able to withstand the crazy spring weather. I was happy to see that all the seeds sprouted.

I was so excited to get started we put in a few too many seeds. I spent time thinning out the rows of spinach, leeks, and lettuce varieties. The plants that look the best so far are the spinach (big surprise for me!) and chard. The slowest growers so far are the scallions.

We also spent the afternoon adding in a border around our second garden area. We are going to be putting in a small fence around the garden to try to keep unwanted visitors out. Additionally, we added in three walkways to make sure we are able to walk through the garden to take care of it and harvest when the time comes.

The garden is in great shape. We added in some additional lettuce seedlings that we began in a make-shift seed starting planter (using a gallon of milk jug). Next Sat. we begin to plant the rest of the seeds and seedlings including tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, peppers, okra, and much much more!

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