“Gardening is an exercise in optimism.”
Here Cohocton River Rock Micro Farm there is much to be optimistic about. Seeds planted last week are starting to come up. The transplants started back in February are now all in the ground. The weather has been very nice and is forecasted to stay warm. We did have a couple of frost scares, and after reading other Upstate New Yorkers’ blogs we were lucky to escape it all.
Over the past couple of years we have had a patch of grass that browns before all the rest of the lawn. The circle garden is over that, former, patch of grass. Watching the gardens dry out after some rain I realized that the soil in this part of the lawn drains very quickly. So I went out and purchased two soaker hoses because I knew I would be watering this garden more than the other gardens. I installed the soaker hoses this weekend. I am really excited about having soaker hoses. I am hoping it helps the plants and save on water.
I was amazed to go out late in the week to see little plants coming up through the solid. I am really looking forward to having some fresh salad so seeing the greens come up was exciting. I think all four rows have little plants now.
The early corn is doing well. All the rows are distinct and it looks like a lot of the seeds are coming up. I also planted a later variety of corn, and there are several new plants there as well.
The last transplants to be put in were the rosemary and thyme. I do not seem to do so well with herbs and these seedlings were pretty small. I was afraid if I left them in the small packs they were in they would be cramped or I would forget about them. I transplanted them so we will have to see how they do.
Chives are one of my favorite flowers in the vegetable garden. This plant is big and there are lots of great flowers. After the flowers fade I will move this plant to its new home.
It was a great week to be in the garden. I was able to get so many plants in. I was able to catch up on weeding. Now its just watering, weeding, and waiting. So much fun.
Stay warm or cool.