The month flew by and the majority of time was down south starting with chilly weather and frost and ending in hot, humid tropical weather! When I first arrived I set out all my trays of seedlings on the deck and held my breath waiting for frost. We did receive frost a couple of nights and had to move everything inside. A week went by and the weather was rainy and chilly so I held off – then I heard the weekend forecast … 90s and hot! Thinking that would fry the poor seedlings I was undecided but realized my stay there was coming to an end and I wanted to get everything planted before I left or else I would have to drag everything back. Slowly, I started with the seeds – direct sowing them into the ground; the beans, squash, corn, gourds, melons, millet, broomcorn, sunflowers.
One by one I started transplanting the tomatoes, peppers, basil along with other herbs and flowers. The nasturtium seeds which I had previously planted for the GROW project were put into the ground and I did lose a few due to the extremes of the weather. It appears the sets that were transplanted into the big pot on the deck will make it fine.
I had also started several seeds directly into the ground between the pea plants and garlic our last trip and they were growing right along. Peas were ready to harvest but only a few handfuls – I am sure there will be many more next visit.
A big problem I encountered this season is a Mole burrowing around in the garlic/pea area and also by the tomatoes and peppers. He has managed to uproot quite a few of the small seedlings and expose their roots to the hot sun. I can only hope they pull through, but I am a bit doubtful. Every morning I would inspect all the tunnels and tramp them down, but they reappeared each day. Finally, we did purchase 2 mole traps and set them up. Once again I can only hope things work out according to my plans.
The lavender and sweet william are blooming nicely … all around creatures and critters are appearing and gearing up for a wonderful summer ahead!
“I’m growing Nasturtium “Spitfire” for the GROW project, thanks to ReneesGarden.com for the seeds.” My monthly post for July may be a week later since we may be away from the computer for the holiday week.