Memorial Day in the US is always the 4th Monday of May. As such, it can fall up to a week earlier or later from a date perspective. Nevertheless, here in the northern part of the country, the weekend is used as an unofficial start of the outdoor season, for camping, boating, or just barbecues and gatherings. Many gardeners also use it as a reference for planting their warmer-weather crops. But since we had such warm weather earlier, a lot of people went ahead and planted well before the weekend, myself included.
Boy, I regret it now. On Friday a cold front settled,
bringing rain and very cold temperatures. Saturday only reached 47 F. (8.3 C.).
We even had to light the wood stove to warm the house and cheer us up. I am
very worried for all the solanacea I transplanted, and the beans and sweet corn
I sowed. I had looked ahead and didn’t see this coming. I’m sure they got a
shock, but will they recover? Time will tell.
In between the raindrops we went out to the garden to do
some picking. We got a “first harvest” of the green-stemmed bok choy “Brisk
Green.” This is a favorite of mine.
|Brisk Green bok choy
We also got a first harvest of Cherry Belle radishes.
For continuing harvests, we took several more white-stemmed bok choy called “Asian Delight.”
And more French Breakfast-type radishes.
|'French Dressing' radishes
The Kitchen Goddess made me a wonderful egg drop soup using some of the Asian greens, with her rich chicken stock. I was very happy!
It’s surprising to me that we still have some winter squash in
storage. We don’t have the traditional New England cellar, which gets quite
cool in winter. Ours stays a pretty consistent 55 degrees F. (~12.8 C.). The
screened storage boxes I built a few years ago have done their job protecting
the squash from mouse predation. Here are some I brought up for use this week:
a “Sugaretti” hybrid spaghetti squash and three butternuts.
|Winter Squash from storage
That’s all for this week. The weather looks like it will improve substantially in the coming days, and I hope things get back to growing. Thanks for reading, and thanks again to Dave at HappyAcres.blog for keeping Harvest Monday going.