The Kitchen Garden has had its ups and downs. Let's dispense with the bad news first. I think I've mentioned my Delicata squash didn't germinate. Neither did the bush beans, darn it. My gem marigolds didn't germinate, either, which makes me wonder what's up with the soil. Something is hitting the eggplant pretty hard, the basil looks like heck. And the arugula bolted. Surprise!
Now the good news. There HAS been germination. I'd really be worrying if I didn't have lettuce and mesclun coming out my ears. The parsley and carrots germinated, too, and I have a few volunteer dill coming up. The cucumber seed I planted germinated as well. The tomatoes are growing like, well, weeds. Some of the onions made it and some didn't, but I guess you win some and you lose some. I've been thinning lettuce like crazy, and we've been enjoying it on sandwiches. Today, I picked the first tiny crop of Bright Lights chard. As soon as I rip out the arugula, I'll be planting more chard. Any time I can harvest something out of our little garden and enjoy it, I consider that really good news.
I tried sprouting the bush beans and squash on wet paper towels. Most of the beans germinated in 48 hours, but I didn't see any action from the squash seeds. I went ahead and planted them all again, anyway, and we'll see what happens. I also put out some more onion sets where some failed to thrive. I planted a little more lettuce and some more parsley and the last of my marigold seeds and then watered everything well. We're into warmer weather, so I have my fingers crossed things will start to grow.
Here's how things are looking now:
It's looking a bit skimpy, but give it a couple more weeks. Or so I keep telling myself.