Monday , July 6 2020

Still cool and wet spring – YAY!

Boy, more rain and not just drizzle, but also a few centimeters here in my Pasadena garden, a total of 32 centimeters! And the plants love it, all green and cheeky and their hearts bloom! Hardly at night until the mid-50s and during the day not even until the 80s – that’s real spring weather and has been for months! But I know that the summer heat will come at some point, so I prepare the garden by making sure everything is deeply watered so that the roots are deep until the heat blows a few inches above the top lying in the ground.

Plant more tomatoes
I gave up years ago due to the drought and planted another batch of Celebrity tomatoes and another Sungold tomato towards the end of May, so I had to harvest tomatoes from August to November after the main plantings ended.
That was my practice every year until the drought was so severe that I could not water the tomatoes planted in May enough to keep them alive, much less produce fruit. So I gave up. Why waste my water – what I had to pay for – instead of just buying my tomatoes at farmers markets?
This year, however, with our enormous winter rains and now this looooooooonnnnnnnngggggg spring and the very lively plants that I planted in late March and late April, I will plant 5 more plants in the rooms that were eventually cleared by the late-bearing peas. We’ll see what happens, whether the real summer head returns with an explosion that overcomes these new plants, or whether replanting leads to autumn tomatoes!

Sow beans and pumpkin
The other two plants that I hadn’t planted in late May for the same reason as the tomatoes are beans and pumpkin.
But I’m going to do it again for the same reason as the tomatoes. I think I’m going to sow both bush and pole types this time to see how everyone behaves in the coming heat. When I started growing beans years ago, I only used the bush type. But in the past few years I’ve grown the bar type and got a lot more beans in the long harvest since the bar type continued to produce. We’ll see what the results will look like this time.

Carrots
However, I don’t stick to the harvest of my carrots. I had flooded them because the first ones hadn’t shown up when I thought they should have. As much as I chewed as my husband and I could, there are still some carrots that, despite everything, are sowing (sowing) our efforts.
However, I keep them well watered so that their taste remains pleasant instead of becoming “turpentine”.

Last of the artichokes
We definitely had a rich year with artichokes! I am always fascinated by the difference in size between the first large and then smaller harvests. I always save a couple of the big first ones so they bloom so I can discuss them in future workshops and show their seeds.
After harvesting last year, I threw away the extra prickly plants. One of them even had spines on each side of the leaves and all the tips of the fruit. I was relieved that the prickly ones weren’t as tasty as the non-prickly ones – or at least that was my reason to allow me to tear out the prickly ones! No more risk of injury when harvesting!

Nasturtium mulch
My nasturtium ocean looks tattered, but I leave the vines in place to wither and spread mulch all over the garden.
This method doesn’t look very neat, but I think the mulch and shade it provides is of greater value, as the greenish-brown foliage color turns darker brown as it dries and decays, and lots of food and protection from hitting the Summer offers sun.
The dying vines also provide shade protection for newly planted perennials so that they can establish themselves well before the summer sun becomes intense.

About Christian

Christian Joshua Ferguson is a local activist who enjoys walking, social media and jigsaw puzzles. He is entertaining and smart, but can also be very greedy and a bit lazy. he also likes to write about plants

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