|Garlic bed May 12th, 2019|
Our weird weather continues... it was a shock to start watering the garlic and strawberries in March! Once fertilized with blood meal and watered, the garlic shot up and is looking great! It has been very sunny, hot and dry, so the straw mulch will remain until a few weeks before harvest.
|Broccoli w. copper blocker, mulch & shade|
|Elevated remay, open sides for shade|
|Brassicas, shaded from afternoon sun|
|Plastic cloche over April squash transplants|
On April 29th I put in 4 hills of Sunshine Winter Squash, 2 hills of Butternut Squash, 2 hills of Partenon Zucchini and 2 hills of Cassia Zucchini, all started from William Dam Seeds.
|Triple layer of protection for squash|
The squash hills were prepared with steer manure and my fertilizer mix. Fresh straw was used to mulch close around the plants and the complete bed. A plastic cloche with vent in the top was placed over each hill of plants then straw piled up the sides for more insulation, see above. The third layer of protection for the cooler April nights was a complete cover of remay for warmth, with only a little airspace left on the sides. Over 2 weeks later everything is still alive and looking healthy. I had removed the plastic cloche from all squash plants and just had the straw pushed up higher around the plants and remay to cover the bed. With recent cooler nights and rain, the squash now have their cloche and remay tucked in tight again for warmth.
Wishing for warmer weather so the pickling cucumbers can go outside soon! They are getting too big for the sunroom!
Until next time... Happy Gardening and Bon Appétit!
Photos and gardening by Sally Rae