2017 Harvest

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Garden in May

After a very cold April with below average morning temperatures, May has been a very mild month. With the average amount of rain, morning temperatures slightly over 10°C and average daily temperatures there haven't been many problems in the garden.
Everything has been sown, planted and transplanted and all that is left now is to try and get rid of the weeds that are everywhere.

Today I've cleaned my bean beads and covered them with deer protection. Although I've placed a protective branch fence on top of my existing fence to make it look taller I've also placed protective net, just to be on the safe side.

The string beans are on the other side of the garden so I'm hoping they will not get eaten so I'm not placing any protection on it.

Potatoes were cleaned and covered last week and growing nicely.

Peas have started blooming. Villo will come a bit later and American wonder should be ready in a couple of weeks.

The first zucchinis are blooming while the rest of them that were sown directly into the garden are forming their first real leaves.

The only part that will not be cleaned is my small lettuce/onion bed. On this bed I had my potatoes and beans and a big bunch of wild mint started growing during the year. Now I've noticed that the mint is starting to grow again so I will leave it.


 Fruits are starting to bring us first few fruits. Red currants are almost ready for the first harvest and today I've picked first few strawberries.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

When to transplant

Growing frost-sensitive vegetables can be very tricky when living in areas that have long frost seasons. Not only do we need to be careful to keep our seedlings from getting frost bites but we also have to be careful not to sow them too early and to keep them from stopping their growth.

Although most people think that the most sensitive seedlings are tomatoes and peppers, there are more seedlings that are extra delicate and should be planted with care.
Cucumbers and watermelons(zucchinis) are ones of the most delicate vegetables sown throughout the world. Their forst temperatures are around zero, with some varieties that bet damaged even at 2°C.
Also, the big issue is their very high minimum growth temperature. At least 14°C for growth can me very hard to achieve.

Peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes are also very frost sensitive, freezing just below zero but their minimum growth temperatures are a bit lower than the ones for cucumbers so they can be transplanted sooner.

The least sensitive are brassicas and carrots that can stay outside even in very low temperatures, some can even survive winter temperatures. Naturally, they will stop growing but they will not freeze.
Another good thing with brassicas is that they don't get too damaged with freezing. They can still be used normally even after getting being exposed to too low temperatures. As long as they are not kept indoors in between.

According to this data, I've done my seedling transplanting this week.
I still have 50 more tomato seedlings to transplant but they will wait another 2 weeks to get a bit stronger.

Other than these seedlings I've planted and sown everything that had to be planted at this time of the year. Now all that is left for us is to wait and watch how our garden gets greener every day...hopefully not from all the grass and weeds that keep attacking us past few years.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Frost in May

The usual weather in the beginning of May can be very moody here. From huge amounts of rain to very warm or extremely cold weather. These past few days we had it all.

After a very dry April, May came with lots of rain, we've had a total of two days without rain past week, which is not enough for the land to dry so we could do our work. I've only managed to place a part of the poles, while the ones for my nets are still on the ground waiting to be placed.

The other problem with the beginning of May are is very low morning temperatures. Although right now they are around 8°C, which is not too cold the weather reports say we should get another frosty morning around Wednesday.

This frosty morning could be very deadly to some of my plants because we already got one a week ago and some of my plants have been damaged.
Potatoes got some frost bites, as well as Zinnias and a part of my tomatoes.

The worst thing is that I kept my tomatoes indoors almost every night, but the weather report was wrong, predicting much higher temperatures so I left them outside covered only with agrotextile.
That one night they were out all of the tomatoes that were closer to the fresh air got burned.

The situation with seedlings isn't great but they are still alive and in pots. The worst situation is with sunflowers, cyclanthera and zucchinnis. I should have transplanted them already but morning temperatures are keeping me from doing it. They all freeze on temperatures slightly over zero and with the chance of morning frost transplanting is a huge risk.

So what do we do? The same old story we've been doing whole spring. Covering all the seedlings every night, bringing the delicate ones indoors and if the morning has the frost damage than all of my tomatoes spend the night in the bathtub.
At least they haven't started producing tomatoes yet.