Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ten Days



Again I need to find time to make updates on the blog (my written journal is a little more updated). What a difference 10 days can make...here are a few pictures of the garden ten days apart from May 5 and May 16. I know, today is the 21 - so I'm still behind!

[Below] The daffodils have bloomed and now there are seed pods standing in the place of flowers. I never knew how interesting these pods looked.


[Below] You can click to get a little bit larger images...most tulips have been bright and are now fading. Other plants are getting larger to take their place later in the summer.


[Below] On the 5th, peas were just poking up above the soil...not much to see.


[Below] Just over a week later they are very visible. It won't be long before they start putting on a lot more height.


[Below] New raspberry plants are sending up some shoots and starting to fill out some canes from last year...


[Below] A few days of sun and the leaves are really filling out the plants. I am looking forward to harvesting some berries this year.


[Below] Two varieties of rhubarb were just filling out on the 5th...


[Below] Now they are starting to bulk up some stems...won't be long for a harvest.


[Below] Okay this pair is a bit different. These are lettuce seedlings that were direct sown.

[Above: A spinach seedling in the lower left, pea shoots, mixed leaf lettuces, and a few scattered radishes.]

[Below] Here are plants that have been transplanted rather than direct seeded. The lettuce can be harvested now.

[Above: There is butterhead and green ice lettuce, curled kale, kohlrabi, and clover in this picture.]

Ten days can hold quite a bit of growth and activity in a garden!

14 comments:

Silvia said...

I love before and after posts! Great plants, great job!

Northern Shade said...

Your grape hyacinths are looking good in full bloom. I planted a new type last fall, Muscari azureum, which are a lighter blue. I quite like them. I planted more Muscari 'Blue Spike' last fall in my backyard. It's a frilly, open flowered type. I'm glad I did, since the ones in my front yard seem to have disappeared, or they're very late.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Your lettuce looks good. Wish I'd planted some this year. Are you finally getting some warm, dry weather?
Marnie

Cheryl said...

Hi Chris....it is amazing what happens to a garden in a short space of time. Once the days lengthen and the temperatures rise it is full on....Don't you just love it??

ChrisND said...

Silvia, yes these before and after really let me know there is progress. Interesting to see what can happen in only a little time.

ChrisND said...

Hi Northern Shade. Our grape hyacinths seem to like their spot okay - they come back nice each year. These spring bulbs are definitely fun...I especially like the great scent from some.

ChrisND said...

Marnie, I wish I had done more lettuce transplants since they seem so far ahead. The weather is now trending to warm...but a lot of things will be behind this year for a while.

ChrisND said...

Hi Cheryl...It is nice when the sunlight and weather changes and the plants really start to produce. I know in the early summer things will go even faster.

Q said...

Dear Cheris,
My peas are blooming! They just began this past week. It seems as if once the rains stopped everything shot up!
I have partnered with an organic farm for produce this year. It is called a CSA program. I can't grow enough food in my backyard to really feed us. This way I have my organic produce almost as fresh as my back yard. I pick up a basket full every week from the first of May until October.
Your berries will be heavenly!
I am outside as much as possible lots to do! I also fall behind on my blogging and visiting!
Sherry

perennialgardener said...

It's amazing what 10 days can mean for the garden at this time of the year. Have you been getting alot of rain in your area? We've had quite a wet month so far with almost 5" already. And they are calling for some rain this week.

ChrisND said...

Sherry, It will be nice to have fresh peas soon. We are getting a bit of rain, so I'm sure that everything is due to shoot up in a week.

CSA is a great idea...that is something I would consider, especially since we really aren't growing for the whole season here yet. I will be checking out the farmer's markets soon as well.

Avis said...

Your garden looks great! All those greens look great. Happy harvest!

ChrisND said...

Hi Avis! It is always nice to get the first harvests for salads...now I am getting ready to try some kale recipes.

Connie said...

Interesting post.
Yes, things do change so quickly in the spring. And by now I'm sure they've doubled or tripled.