Since we’ve been having really beautiful weather, we decided to plant the garden one week before Mother’s Day. The rule of thumb is that one should wait until right after Mother’s Day to avoid all frost, but since the plants are so healthy and leggy, we put them out.
This includes the herb hydroponics. As you can see in this photo one of the herbs did not grow. I think this was due to lack of sunlight the way the box was angled in our kitchen window. Hopefully it being outside should help the seeds germinate. It is still plugged in with the air pump.
The spring mesculin mix lettuce, spinach and bok choy are about ready to harvest! I am thinning out out carrot and beet rows.
John was my assistant in planting, yes that’s an official title in my world. We noticed that the roots of our seedlings were poking through the cocoa pots and it really was time to plant!
If there’s any advice I can give about planting your seedlings , it would be to dig a hole that just covers the pot/root ball so that the stem isn’t buried. That and wear stylish gloves while you do it.
There’s a small bet going on between John and I about the Red Cherry pictured here. John believes that this plant is going to die because in the process of moving it, the stem snapped. However, I think that plants are more resilient than we give them credit for, so I’m rooting (pun intended) for it to live. We will see!
Please note John’s watering technique, it’s our irrigation system that he’s using to spray. Am I the only person that finds this hilarious?
Anywho, the seedlings were planted and ready to go!
But this isn’t when the story ends…. it’s when it gets SCARY.
Four days after I wrote this, pre- publishing, I got a call on my cell phone from John saying, I’m calling to prepare you for when you get home. We had a hail storm at the house.
What does this mean for our garden? DEVISTATION! When I arrived I saw piles of ice near in the yard. I was dumbfounded. It’s May! It’s supposed to be mild but nice outside NOT hailing on my baby plants! What’s next?! Frogs, locusts, more of that awful William Hung She Bangs song again?! (I mean that’s in my version of the end of the world…)
The hydroponics kits overflowed (despite the drainage holes) onto the patio and the seedlings and existing plants have been pummeled. Some ripped with holes in them. The peppers are completely gone. The larget leaf zucchini plants look less messed up:
In a few days I’ll take inventory to see what will survive. 😦 Though I have a feeling I’ll be buying everything new from Stauffers of Kissel Hill Garden Centers. The good news, this years devistation was not from Hurricane Pepper.
Did you have any hail at your home?