Gardening 101 Week 9

Everything is planted! And it’s snowing! Those two sentences should not follow each other. Especially in May. ESPECIALLY IN MAY. But since I have not yet been made Queen of the Universe, they do.

But before I burst into tears and sob uncontrollably that all my hard work for the past number of weeks just went up in frost, let’s focus on planting day.

Since the weather looked iffy and I was scheduled to work on Mother’s Day, I decided to plant two days earlier. It was a gorgeous day, and clearly I was not the only one thinking so as this dragon fly took a strong liking to my tomato plant.

Just hanging out...
Just hanging out…

I mentioned last week that it is good to get the walls of water up for a few days before planting so that they can warm the ground. I didn’t even follow my own advice. It was a busy week and so my walls of water went up about 10 minutes before I planted plants in them. In fact after laying out where I wanted my plants, I set my husband to work on filling up the walls of water. In the mean time my almost 5 year old and I planted onions, green beans, pumpkins and zuchinni. We also laid out the peppers.

Tomatoes pre-planting
Tomatoes pre-planting
Filling the walls of water up
Filling the walls of water up
planting onions
planting onions

Speaking of peppers I may have gone a bit crazy this year. I have two bell peppers, two cherry peppers, two jalapeno peppers, a “super” cayenne pepper, a Thai Dragon pepper, an habanero pepper, and a ghost pepper. Have I mentioned that I like spicy things? I don’t think I’ll be disappointed…

For some reason when we were at the nursery picking up some plants last week, my almost 5 year old became deeply attached to a pepper plant. He doesn’t even like to eat peppers and just about breaks down if there is one on his plate at dinner time, nevertheless, this is his plant. He’s even named it Plantee. He faithfully watered Plantee all week in the garage and was very adamant that Plantee take the first spot that we dug for the peppers. Who knows, maybe Plantee will inspire him to eat his peppers.

"Plantee"
“Plantee”

I got the plants inside the walls of water once they were up, and somehow for the first year ever none of the walls of water collapsed on us. Granted we did stick a couple of wooden stakes in a couple of them that were looking a little like they were about to collapse, but so far I have no “death by wall of water” causalities this year. Of course the snow may do them all in…but we’ll talk about that in a minute. By the way I did not put my broccoli or melons in walls of water, they are usually not as whimpy as the tomatoes and peppers.

Pepper on top (I did double up on about half of them) and Tomatoes on the bottom
Pepper on top (I did double up on about half of them) and Tomatoes on the bottom
Looking good...pre-snow
Looking good…pre-snow

So by the end of the afternoon everything was planted and looking good. I even discovered a small strawberry forming on my plants. And my mini lilacs started blooming this week. And my yard looks happy like it should at the end of spring.

 

First Strawberry!
First Strawberry!
Lilac
Lilac

But alas, we had to cover everything to get ready for snow. Can’t a girl get a break?

Brocolli ready to take on the snow
Brocolli ready to take on the snow
Bring on the snow (or please maybe not?)
Bring on the snow (or please maybe not?)

Hopefully I will be writing next week that everything survived and is all the more stronger. Hopefully. In the meantime I will give you this teaser that we’ll talk about watering and pest control next week, since I didn’t get to that this week thanks to the snow.

The Snow
The Snow
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