Seattle has enjoyed some fantastic weather lately. Sun. 60’s. Things are popping up in the garden and making themselves known. Do you want to see? Come along and meander with me.
And the radishes! Oh the radishes! Spring = sliced fresh picked radishes on buttered homemade bread. And salt. A bit of dill havarti if you are feeling it. Which I have been. Mmm!
I should admit they are all doing well except the cucumbers. Apparently I can’t grow cucumbers. Or dill. Both die. What gives? Not to worry, I am trying again. It just remains a frustrating mystery. This time I did a direct sow.
Do you know what else is frustrating? The Babylady repeatedly yanking out our cilantro and parsley starts. Argh. “I picked a weed mommy!” So far I’ve remained calm about it. I explain again that they aren’t weeds. (Groundhog Day anyone?) Then gently press back in the ground and hope for the best.
The big picture is the Babylady is learning where food comes from and that digging in the dirt is fun. She’ll outgrow the “weed picking” as quickly as toddlers do and she’ll be on to the next thing. I guess another bright spot is that the parsley/”weed” picking has temporarily banished her need to gather up all our plant markers and either toss them around or misplace them.
I am starting to think about our drip irrigation. Do you have drip irrigation? It seriously rocks. I can’t imagine not having it. (thanks dad!) The only difficult part about it is that in edible gardening vs. ornamental gardening is that your plants change locations. The frequent change of place/plant type and subsequent soil differences/water requirements does require you to “re-think” your strategies throughout the season. It is an extra measure of planning, but one well worth it in my opinion.
I planted more seeds over the weekend, including cucumbers, summer & winter squash, a type of melon, quinoa, corn, many types of bush/pole beans and also succession plantings of radish, beets, lettuce, spinach and carrots.
How’s your gardening growing?