You won’t believe what made it over the winter! I have some lettuce in the garden that survived our -10C temperatures. With all the snow cover we had for so long I doubted any of my vegetables would make it through the cold and wet. I now see fresh salads gracing our table very soon. I wish everything had made it but as I slowly clean up the garden I am coming across more plants that have perished. No one expected to have two months of solid rain and then three months of snow. Its been a long winter for many gardeners.
Not only one but two lettuce plants survived the cold winter with a floating row cover over top. I know, it’s not much but it’s better than nothing. I can add this lettuce to the spinach and chervil that did well this winter.
In the greenhouse I went overboard again and am the proud owner of about 500 tomato plants. What was I thinking? Many will travel with me to upcoming talks in May. Many have already been preordered by returning customers. I will only keep twenty plants for myself to grow out. There is only so much room in two raised beds. All the tomato plants are potted up in 4″ pots and will be up for sale at the beginning of May. My plant sale will be held on May 6.
Now its time to pot up the basil. The container above has lemon basil in it which is new to me. I will also have Thai, Sweet Genovese, Cardinal and Purple Ruffles basil. I hope to have six packs of basil ready for mid May but it all depends on the weather. Basil likes warm nights around 15C. Placing basil outside any sooner will have it sit and sulk.
I am so excited to be growing sweet potatoes again this year. I have started the sweet potatoes in water in the house and as the plant grows I am doing cuttings. They root easily by inserting a cutting into moist potting soil. The hope is to have as many plants as possible to plant in June. By starting cuttings early I should have a good supply.
The herbs I had dug into the raised beds looked horrible a few weeks ago so they were brought into the greenhouse for some tender loving care. I am happy to say the lemon thyme and sage cuttings are growing again but won’t be ready in time for my herb talk this weekend. Thankfully the garden centre had some new plants for me to buy. Who doesn’t love new plants?
If you are shopping for plants this year we are three weeks behind schedule. Many suppliers lost plants so be patient. It’s the same thing in the garden. Don’t pull out plants unless you are positive they are dead. My hardy fuchsias aren’t sending out shoots yet so I wondered how hardy they really were. Yesterday a customer told me she saw shoots just appearing on her hardy fuchsia so I will be patient. Now that the sun has been out for a few days plants are beginning to grow.