I went out to work weed the garden a couple of days ago to find that some of the Irises that I received from my Grandparents in Utah are starting to bloom. I planted these about mid-summer last year and they grew through-out the year. Now, some of the larger plants are starting to bloom. The whole thing is rather exciting, because I have no idea what colors I am going to get.
I still have quite a bit of space in the garden, so today I spent some time filling things in. I planted several lines of radishes and lettuce. The lettuce mainly went right next to the flowers where I don’t have to worry about pulling up a root crop disturbing the flowers. The radishes went into places where digging them up is not going to be an issue. I’m trying to fill up the garden as best I can so that I can get a good harvest and also so that I can crowd out weeds. I would be very happy if the weeds had no space to grow.
A few of the peaches survived a late cold snap are now starting to get large enough to actually determine how much was lost. I estimate that I will be getting about 20 to 40 times fewer fruit from the peach tree this year. It remains to be seen if the fruit decide to grow larger this year to compensate. I plan to skip thinning the tree of fruit like I did last year in an attempt to get larger fruit.
The weather this year has been very difficult. We have had several late cold snaps that keep killing early plantings and flower blossoms. I haven’t planted a lot of crops out of fear they will end up getting killed. The tomatoes and the peppers are still in the greenhouse. The cold has also ended up stunting the growth of plants along with germination rates. About the only things that seem invulnerable to the cold are the perennials, the garlic and the peas.