The Year’s First Update in Pictures

As much as we’ve been hemming and hawing about the lack of “spring” in this year’s Spring, not everything has gone sour. In fact, if anything, this year is turning out to be late and slow, which isn’t all bad. Though it seems like the un-sunny and un-warm weather has put a kink in things, maybe we’ll luck out and have a sunny and warm Fall, which would help extend the growing season past our usual ending in October. Or maybe we’ll have a great summer that’ll kick things into overdrive! All we can do is wait and see. In the meantime, indoors, we’re still caring for tomato seedlings, putting them outside when the sun comes out. Maybe they’ll get in the ground before the end of the month. We also, finally, have some pepper seedlings! They are still so tiny at this point, but a good dozen or so of the full tray that we planted have been steadily growing. It better than nothing.

How are things outdoors? So glad you asked! Because we’re about to get on with our first of out monthly updates in pictures. Let the gallery commence!

So first, we've got the bed of greens - arugula, kale, broccoli, endive, and cabbage. Things are still a little small at this point, but everything looks healthy.
So first, we’ve got the bed of greens – arugula, kale, spinach, endive, and cabbage. Things are still a little small at this point, but everything looks healthy. What’s really taking off at the moment is the arugula, endive, and cabbage. Maybe the cooler weather will prevent everything from bolting to seed!
Next is...well...this is actually the cucumber bed. But seeing as how it's been much too cool for in-ground planting, we decided to stick some random lettuce seedlings in the middle of the bed. If they take, great! And we'll eventually get the cucumbers planted around the perimeter. If not, then we'll still have plenty of space for cucumbers.
Next is…well…this is actually the cucumber bed. But seeing as how it’s been much too cool for in-ground planting, we decided to stick some random lettuce seedlings in the middle of the bed. (You can barely see them, but they’re there!) If they take, great! And we’ll eventually get the cucumbers planted around the perimeter. If not, then we’ll still have plenty of space for cucumbers.
In this planter we decided to place a few of our huckleberry seedlings. Hopefully they'll take. So far, so good.
In this planter we decided to place a few of our huckleberry seedlings. Hopefully they’ll take. So far, so good.
Next is the lettuce bed, which remains very quite for now. A few sprigs have popped up. Hopefully more will show as it gets warmer.
Next is the lettuce bed, which remains very quiet for now. A few sprigs have popped up. Hopefully more will show as it gets warmer.
This is a close-up shot of some lettuce sprigs that came up in another planter. Very glad to see them!
This is a close-up shot of some lettuce sprigs that came up in another planter. Very glad to see them!
So many peas! We're happy that our good luck with peas continues -- they seem to do well each year no matter what.
So many peas! We’re happy that our good luck with peas continues — they seem to do well each year no matter what.
And here we have a barrel of radishes. Too many radishes probably. Have got to get to thinning out the herd!
And here we have a barrel of radishes. Too many radishes probably. Have got to get to thinning out the herd!
More radishes in the second barrel planter.
More radishes in the second barrel planter.
Out back we stashed our herb planters. Since it's been too cold for basil, etc., we decided to stick a few more lettuce seedlings in to see if any would take. They look a little wilty at the moment.
Out back we stashed our herb planters. Since it’s been too cold for basil, etc., we decided to stick a few more lettuce seedlings in to see if any would take. They look a little wilty at the moment.
The strawberries are looking good! They've spread a little since last year, and now have so many flowers. The fruit is just starting to show, and now we really need to sun to help with the goring and ripening!
The strawberries are looking good! They’ve spread a little since last year, and now have so many flowers. The fruit is just starting to show, and now we really need to sun to help with the growing and ripening!
So last year we had a ton of volunteer tomatoes. This year, for whatever reason, we have some volunteer carrots!
So last year we had a ton of volunteer tomatoes. This year, for whatever reason, we have some volunteer carrots! We’ve had some success with carrots in the past, but our soil isn’t great for them. (Someday we’ll plan a nice sandy soil bed just for them.)
And speaking of volunteer plants, squash, anyone? This is the first if two little plots where squash of some variety (probably zucchini here) has popped up unexpectedly.
And speaking of volunteer plants, squash anyone? This is the first of two little plots where squash of some variety (probably zucchini here) has popped up unexpectedly.
And this is the second spot of squash seedlings. This could be zucchini as well. We'll just have to wait and see!
And this is the second spot of squash seedlings. This could be zucchini as well. We’ll just have to wait and see!
And finally, though the sky may not say Spring, our lilacs do! It has been ajoy watching this little plant grow. and we love it when it blooms each year. The smell is amazing!
And finally, though the sky may not say Spring, our lilacs do! It has been a joy watching this little (now big) plant grow. and we love it when it blooms each year. The smell is amazing!

Thanks for joining us for this first trip around our 2016 garden. Hopefully things will just get better from here on out!

 

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2 thoughts on “The Year’s First Update in Pictures

  1. nannygrannie 05/25/2016 / 1:20 pm

    Beautiful, looking good. I started my own garden this year so I’m looking forward to following. Happy growing 🙂

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