Since the last update a lot has happened in the AlbertaGardener.com gardens, not only has the weather turned for the better, but the vegetables and flowers have taken off. Well, the ones that have been planted have anyhow, I still have a bunch more left to plant but before I even think about that I need to prepare the soil for the new beds, and build two of them. On top of that I still need to finish the greenhouse… It looks like it will be another busy weekend.
Enough about what needs to be done though, let’s look at what has happened over the past 20 days.
Early Red Radishes
Tons and tons of red radish plants and one butternut squash that has fallen over.
When I planted these, I just sort of tossed the seed onto the ground, and covered it with a bit of soil. As you can see, I did not do near a good enough job of spreading them out and now I will have to go about clearing space in between them so the roots can actually grow nice and plump. They have a butternut squash planted with them now as well, it got a little leggy under the light, but other than that it seems healthy and strong, and the radishes will keep away some of the bugs that might try to eat it. The squash is in there, in the middle of the picture, but it was a little hot and dry in the tent when I went out there so I opened it up and gave the plants some water, it should be back to its old self soon.
The chives are doing great! I think I am going to plant more over near the new raised beds as well.
After the last update these chives took off like crazy. It looks to me like I can harvest some already, and I probably will in a few days to have with some potatoes. After not getting any last season, I can’t wait for some fresh chives!
The Pikan strawberries that I have left from this years seedlings, only 8 germinated and I’m down to five with a leggy cucumber.
Only five of my seedlings made it this year, and with the others not coming back (I’m sure of it now) it looks like my plans for a strawberry raised bed will be put on hold. If anyone knows of a tasty, everbearing, zone 3 hardy strawberry variety, let me know on any of my social network feeds, or in the comments below.
These pikan strawberries are delicious, and have pink showy flowers, but they don’t last through the winter, even in our porch so I won’t be planting them again. I may bring them inside the house for the winter though to see if I can save these ones.
The spinach has sprouted and is growing well. I think. I’ve never planted it before.
The spinach sprouted in the front square foot garden on May 8th with the stuff on the west side following a few days later. It’s still pretty small, which makes me wonder if I should have planted it earlier than I did on April 24th. I suppose I shouldn’t worry too much since it has sprouted and is growing nicely right now, I can’t wait to try some.
The “New” Seedlings
Marigolds on the left, cucumbers in the round pots, Minnesota melons in the square ones.
Not so new anymore, but I thought I would keep the heading the same as the last one. As mentioned earlier, the squash is planted in the tent with the radishes. The rest are doing mostly fine though, the cucumbers and melons were transplanted last week, and though the cukes are a little leggy, they seem to be doing fine. The marigolds are doing very well and love sitting out in the sun all day now that everything has been hardened off, but the broccoli got so leggy that I only have one plant that I think will survive, I really need an extra grow light next year to help prevent the short plants getting leggy just so the tall plants can get light.
Tomatoes on the left, with a watermelon in the front and peppers all around, and a lonely cucumber.
Not so much of an accurate term anymore, but the peppers (chile and green) are doing great after I lost one to who knows what? It was healthy one day, and the next it was wilting and losing leaves even though it had plenty of light, and enough water. Both tomatoes have been transplanted now, and though one is a lot bigger, they are both doing great. I am a little worried that the watermelon hasn’t grown much since I transplanted it to the bigger pot, I probably messed up the roots a bit when I took it out of the small planting cup. Hopefully that changes with the warmer weather to come when it’s in the greenhouse or it will be another watermelon-less garden this year.
The cabbage… Out of the six or seven I planted this year only two remain. I have planted them in the western square foot garden, but I don’t think they will make it. I and really not sure what happened to the last two survivors, the others got pretty leggy and never recovered from it, but these last two never really did, but they have been unhealthy looking the whole time. I might have to buy some for this season if I want some coleslaw. I never took a picture of them because I didn’t want to make everyone sad.
Blueberries on the left, they are a little yellow because I need to get some more acidity into the soil, and the rhubarb in the front.
Two weekends ago I went to Canadian Tire to try to find some grapes to plant out where the new raised beds will be. They didn’t have any, but they did have tons of blueberry plants, so I bought three. I haven’t had fresh picked blueberries since I was a kid, and I am not even sure if I like them, but I know plenty of people who do if not and they seem to attract bees like crazy, so that’s a plus. I also picked up some flowers, but I will talk about them another time, as this post is getting really, really long.
Last weekend I went to Home Hardware to pick up my potato bags that I had a rain check for since they ran out when they were on sale, and I found a rhubarb plant which will fit in perfectly with some landscaping I’m planning, and next year when I have a good sized strawberry bed, will lend a vital ingredient for strawberry rhubarb pie.
That is a lot of growth for only two weeks, I can’t wait to see them the whole way through to flowering.
Of the two delphiniums I planted last fall (I got them on sale and couldn’t resist) only one has come back, but it has stormed back full force. I first noticed it coming up on May 6th, and since then it looks like it has more leaves than it did when I planted the full sized one in the fall.
This clump of tulips had maybe three flowers on it last spring, it looks like the extra cold weather did it some good!
The tulips are about to open any day now and holy smokes do we have a lot more than I remember from last year, there are flower stocks everywhere on all of the plants, it is great to see, I can’t wait to get a few pictures of them in bloom.
This peony produces year after year in just terrible soil. Why can’t everything grow this easy?
Everything else is still on the verge of coming back; the dianthus, peonies, and campanula are all greening up (purpling up in the case of the peonies) nicely and should give great blooms this summer. Though more of a fruit than a flower (until you see it in full bloom) the Evans Cherry tree is about to bloom, as are the double flowering plum bushes. I some of the blooms on the bottom of the double flowering plums are already starting to open.
The Evans Cherry is ready to bloom and bud within the next week or so, I will make sure to snap a picture of it in it’s full bloom for you guys.
Both of our double flowering plum bushes are about to be an explosion of pink. It’s always good to see them in full bloom, as they are the first thing I see when I come home.
I think the next update will have a lot more colour, and hopefully come within a reasonable timeframe. I will also work on making these updates shorter. Maybe I need more pictures, less typing? If you have suggestions, like corn, I’m all ears, leave them in the comments below!
I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist that “corny” pun.