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This Spring has been no friend to veggies!

29 May 2011
30°C / 86°F

I know others have had it much worse than us, weather wise. Ours has been bad enough, and I empathize with those who have had to deal with, and even survive, extreme weather conditions of all kinds. I am just glad that all my garden friends are safe and alive.

That said, I just want to spit! We had a very extended period of very cold and very wet weather that should have been spring. As a result, even the cool weather vegetables had a very hard time trying to germinate, grow and survive. Now we have gone directly from cold and wet to hot, muggy and humid. Our backyard feels like one huge greenhouse – but without the roof!

  • The Broccoli and Cauliflower are growing v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-ly. Only about 4 inches tall and I doubt we’ll get anything from them this year.
  • Only three Peas germinated, and there haven’t even been any flowers yet, much less pods.
  • Only three Spinach plants grew, and the tallest only made it to 4 inches tall before starting to bolt. I took as many leaves as I could, and they didn’t even register on the scale when i tried to weigh them.
  • Only two Lettuce plants, and they are just starting to leaf out now. About 4 inches tall.
  • Lots of Radishes, also starting to bolt, with nothing to show for it. Not even one little round radish!
  • About six Beet plants now 4 to 5 inches tall, but again, no round roots showing yet.

On a brighter note – The Rhubarb has taken off like crazy. I harvested 7 of the largest stalks today. The leaves were gigundo measuring over two feet wide. I made Rhubarb-Strawberry Crisp today, and the rest was chopped and into the freezer it went. Not my own Strawberries yet, of course, but it looks like we are going to have a bumper crop. Yum!

The Tomatoes were planted out last weekend and the Peppers planted out yesterday. Separate journals for those.

We’ll see how the weather treats us for the rest of the season. I’m thinking of maybe trying some indoor starts for the cool season crops and planting them out about September. If not I’m really gonna miss my fresh peas!




I definitely feel your pain : (

Posted on 30 May 11 (about 8 years ago)

It seems to be a bad year for gardening everywhere. I wonder how the farmers are coping with this on a larger scale?

Posted on 30 May 11 (about 8 years ago)

My family in western NY has been dealing with the same issues – farmers there couldn’t plow for weeks past their usual plowing date since the fields were so wet. Hopefully conditions will improve and enable everyone to get a late but productive start on the season. Your onions look happy!

Posted on 30 May 11 (about 8 years ago)


Folia Helper


As you said, the strawberries are loving the weather this year. I guess that’s the one silver lining.

Posted on 31 May 11 (about 8 years ago)

Yeah, I hear you. You pretty much described the situation in my garden. The thing that gets me is that I always feel like the reason things are not going well is because of something I did wrong. Because I am a crappy gardener. I’m always blaming myself first. Crazy and irrational. I know.

Posted on 31 May 11 (about 8 years ago)

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