garden hustle plus

Suddenly we’re having 40+ degree nights – even though our last official frost date is May 19 – and daytime temps are pushing 80!

IMG_0979 (1280x960)Its chili making time, cooking beans in the solar oven to free up the kitchen stove.  This is third day.  First day let beans heat and sit and then drained and changed the water.  Now, they are cooking in the sunshine.  VERY low temp with the shiny pot, hence day 3.

IMG_0980 (1280x960)      IMG_0981 (1280x960)  This is a new ‘pop up’ plant protector I’m trying this year.  as you can see, fit perfectly into these grow bags. top zippers off to open to air, then close up for night time protection.  Trying some EARLY zucchini here.  have never had Zucchini in the ground this early in the year!

IMG_0982 (1280x960) Dragged the peas outside as the greenhouse was getting too hot.  screening to keep out little creatures.  in two days can already see the plants responding!

IMG_0983 (1280x960) this primrose was struggling to flower starting in January, now in full glory.  The only one of several we planted.

IMG_0984 (1280x960) potatoes already!  Started these last month in the greenhouse.  This is a big grow bag and filled it with dirt yesterday the plants are so big!

IMG_0985 (1280x960) sweet potato vine starting.  There were two sweet potatoes in this grow bag, one up and growing.  The other remains to be seen . . .

IMG_0986 (1280x960) yesterday moved plants from their starter trays into six packs: two different kinds of Roma tomatoes, two different kind of regular eating tomatoes, two different sweet peppers and eggplant. The cardboard box has white sage seedlings.

IMG_0987 (1280x960)Calendula in the starter pot, more zucchini and spaghetti squash in the pots.

IMG_0988 (960x1280) apricot in bloom.  don’t know if I have enough pollinators yet so have been out there with a brush

IMG_0989 (960x1280)garlic and at the end of the row, chard.  Some from last year, plus some seedlings for this.  a little protective cover to help them deal with the transplant shock

IMG_0990 (960x1280)from the back forward: spinach, cauliflower and turnips (that is the cool end of the bed), broccoli and mesculan greens, some endive (escarole) and rapini.  The last two aren’t really doing well – poor seed sprouting through new seeds.

IMG_0991 (960x1280)Arugala – turns out we don’t really like it much

IMG_0992 (960x1280)walking onions that never got into a big bed last year

IMG_0993 (1280x960)Rhubarb

IMG_0994 (1280x960)If you look carefully, you can see both blueberry bushes starting something new

IMG_0995 (960x1280)Nectarine tree not flowering much, although lots of leaves budding.  This got “brushed” too

IMG_0996 (1280x960)more rhubarb

IMG_0997 (1280x960)Look closely and you’ll see the first asparagus which we will be having with lunch today

IMG_0998 (1280x960)comfrey coming up

IMG_0999 (1280x960)First time we’ve had crocus.  May have to look for some fall flowering saffron crocus, but I don’t use the stuff, still always nice to have the flowers

Also took the time today to set up and try my new UBER hose.  This is one of those expanding hoses, but doesn’t shrink up as much as the “as seen on TV” ones, and costs a bit more too!  But it is light weight and seems very good.  Comes with quick connect fittings so its easier to attach and put away.  Have set it up with a chlorine filter on the discharge end.  In the past, with other type hoses, the filter reduces water pressure enough that the hoses don’t expand!  Having it on the discharge end heavy, but also gives me something to hold on to and extends the breaker wand a little further making it easier to get to the asparagus bags which are on the other side of one of the in ground beds.  This hose might also work with the pump and rain tanks as it doesn’t seem to need as much pressure as the other type of expanding hoses. If it does, that would be great as it really is a lot lighter than the regular type of hose and my grow areas are really spread out into the little naturally forming spaces on the property.

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