***Today's blog has so many photos, I'm doing it in two parts. Please scroll down for part 2.
Of course, I should have known it would rain today, since I gave the entire garden a double soaking yesterday. Not to complain, though. We get so little rain here in Eastern Washington, every drop is welcome. I braved the wet, and pushed a cart of seedlings out to enjoy a big, natural drink. When the sun comes out, they should put out a new growth spurt.
This past week was spent planting out more seedlings, as well as moving all the potted plants from the patio table into the garden. I left the one Gartenperle tomato on the table to give Mr. Granny something to baby. That will be his own special tomato plant, as he's not allowed in the main garden. I doubt I'll ever train him to be a gardener, and I really think he doesn't have the slightest interest in being one, anyway.
You may notice I've changed Mr. H's name to Mr. Granny. Many of us read Mr. H.'s (H with a period) blog, and my references to Mr. H (H with no period) are getting confusing.......thus, Mr. H (no period) will from now on be known as Mr. Granny. I think that name fits him better anyway. *snicker*.
Anyway, back to the garden.
So far, seventeen tomatoes have been planted. The main indeterminate garden, with its green bottomless buckets, holds one each Cherokee Purple, Kellogg's Breakfast, Sudduth's Brandywine and Nyagous. Four more indeterminates were planted behind the garden shed, against the back fence, and drip irrigation lines put in place for them. Those were two Cherokee Purple, one Brandywine and one Eva Purple Ball. There are two more spots to plant back there, but possibly too shady to grow anything well. I'll utilize those for a couple of leftover plants later on. Six of my larger (nearly bottomless) pots have been set over the metal fence posts that I was going to have Mr. Granny remove, now that I'm no longer fencing in the north garden. I decided they would be good supports for the several varieties of dwarf or very small determinate tomatoes I'm trying this year. They contain one each Minigold, Clear Pink Early, Golden Dwarf Champion, Sibirskij Stambovyj, Husky Red Cherry and Dwarf Champion. There are two pots of one each, Dwarf Champion and Golden Dwarf Champion, in the east garden, and Mr. Granny's Gartenperle on the patio table. Today was to be the day we set up the containers for the cherry tomatoes, but the rain has delayed that job.
The raspberries are absolutely loaded with blossoms! I'll bet I get enough berries for jam, as well as fresh eating this year. Last year I got only a few handfuls that were eaten right on the spot.
The Contender bush beans are putting on their first leaves, the corn is about an inch high, and the Butternut squash have poked their pretty little leaves out of the hill of compost. I'm seeing some red globes beneath the radish leaves, and the lettuces are beginning to look like real plants, rather than small seedlings, even though the green ones are still recovering from being eaten by birds.
Last night I replanted the beets. I don't know whether it was the lack of rain/irrigation water early on or the quail that came through the garden, but hardly any of the beets came up. I've never had a problem with beets before, and the seeds were new, so I don't quite know what happened. I'm thinking this moon planting business isn't worth the hassle, so I ignored the moon phase and planted the root crop at the wrong time.......the "right" time didn't work, so why not.
TA-DA!! The first harvest from the Washington garden! The spinach needed to be thinned, and the thinnings were large enough to eat. I pulled two of the Walla Walla sweet onions to add to it, and we had an excellent wilted spinach salad for dinner.