Last weekend I risked putting my tomatoes, peppers, and tomatillos into the ground two weeks before our average last frost date. One night the temperatures dipped into the mid-30s, but the plants were covered and almost everything survived.
This was the weakest pepper planted last week. I think the heat and sun did more damage than one cold night. There are still seventeen pepper plants so we will still have lots to eat and preserve.
The week was full of sun and warm temperatures. The Micro Farm has been growing visibly everyday.
This past week the red raspberries started to flower. The pollinating insects have been hard at work.
Beside the raspberries in the berry patch are the strawberries. A few of my original plants died over the winter, but their younger plants are doing well. On Tuesday I noticed a young strawberry so when the cold night came I made sure to cover them up as well.
I purchased four bronze fennel plants at the Halycon Place Bed and Breakfast this past weekend. Their Annual Herb Festival is always very nice. To learn more about the event and the bed and breakfast click here.
Last year I planted two rosemary plants in the herb garden. I tried to over winter them but knew it was unlikely to work. They prefer a much warmer Winter. So in the winter I started five new rosemary plants. I have been really happy with their progress and decided they need to go outside. I transplanted them into a larger pot. Dug a hole, and buried the pot.
Before the ground freezes I will dig them up and bring them inside. If you want to be a rosemary babysitter for the Winter let me know. You can have free fresh rosemary.
Sarah and I cut a couple of two by fours for the additional post for the tomatillos and tomatoes.
The radishes and the flower bed we planted last week are coming up and doing well.
Hot days, warm nights, and rain this week will keep me busy. The plants will grow big and strong, but so will the weeds. I will have a lot of work to do. Spending time will be such a sacrifice…I guess I will have to do it. Oh well.
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.