Well, I finally made it out to the farm a week ago today, 6 weeks after my knee surgery, to find a total disaster of a garden.
Only the potatoes came up. Nothing else.
I had planted seeds for everything two days before surgery, hoping in my recovery time everything would germinate and begin growing.
The only other growth was weeds between the raised beds, which did really well. A sea of daisies, buttercups, foxgloves and wildflowers I couldn't identify. Up to 4' tall.
As most of you know, I've been complaining about the rain and cold here for months. Record breaking rain and even 6" of snow on April 11th. I'm now convinced the winter like weather has done my garden in for the year. Whatever sprouts in the heat wave of the last 3 days will not have enough time to fruit before growing season is over.
We usually have a growing season that spans May through September, in normal times. Some years I can plant in early April, usually seedlings started in a seed room under grow lights. but I had poor results even in the seed room this year.
This year is very different and I don't think I could have done anything to mitigate the poor weather.
Fortunately, I did manage to get some tomato seeds to germinate under the lights in mid April and they managed to grow to 8" or so. But they need to be transplanted quickly as they are root bound.
There are 10 of them, Beefsteak, Early Girl, Roma, and Cherry. Will give it a shot.
Have some more nice sunny days coming up (finally) and the Family have already started coming in for the big family get together over the Fourth of July holiday. There will be about 50 of us spread over all 3 acres in tents, motor homes, and travel trailers. A couple are going to rough it under the stars.
Ahh, I sometimes miss those days. Although, I could run an extension cord for my C-PAP machine. Hah!
The Farm is located roughly halfway between the Portland metro area and the Seattle metro, about a hundred miles from both. Very little light pollution and billions of stars.
I'll just stay up late and break out the telescope, the grand kids love it. But cleaning off the smores smeared on it can be a chore.
So I may just buy some 4 or 6 inch seedlings from Home Depot or somewhere and try to salvage the season.
Anyway, will keep y'all informed.
What's going on in your neck of the woods?
PS. I'm going to post this OT later in the morning (Pacific time) so as to respond to your comments in a more real time experience instead of the 3 hour time delay from back east. I don't crawl out of bed until 7 AM or so.
Z floor is open.