Six on Saturday: June 1

Path algae   It’s June!  Hopefully it will be better than May, who’s daily rains have turned the potager’s paths into potager ponds complete with algae!  It’s a good thing I bought those new boots because they are getting a workout, sloshing up and down the rows.  The water just doesn’t have time to drain away before the next deluge falls.  At least it’s been a bit warmer and the things that are in the ground are growing.  Broccoli May end  There are baby broccoli heads forming.  Tomato blooms  Several tomatoes are blooming.  Cauliflower tiny   Tiny cauliflowers are peeping through the tall leaves.  And the “Sweet Magnolia” snow peas are blooming.  Pea sweet mag blooms  And then came the HAIL!  So now everything is holy…oops!  that’s holey!!!Cabbage hail  It was too depressing to take more photos of holes.  I’m certain things will recover and still be productive, but the garden looks like it’s been invaded by a huge swarm of veg eating bugs.  I’ve propped some things that were blown over with sticks and hope they will return to vertical.  What a year this has been so far.  I almost shudder to think what’s next…..  There are still over 2,000 plants to go in the ground to join the 2,000 that have been mudded in so far.  I’ve never been this late planting before, and not a single bit of mulch has been spread, so the weeding must be done over and over.  Still, I’m feeling blessed.  There’s lots of food being harvested (lettuces, radishes, spinach, peas, strawberries, rhubarb, various greens, etc.)  And the tornado went north of us by ten miles.  There’s lots to be thankful for on this first Saturday of June!

About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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20 Responses to Six on Saturday: June 1

  1. Hope things improve for you soon. Here in the UK I am beginning to water as we have had so little rain so far this spring.

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    • carolee says:

      I looked at my journal for last year, and I was complaining that I couldn’t get any planting done because I had to spend the entire day watering! What a difference a year makes!

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  2. March Picker says:

    Yes, always loads to be thankful for. You have been through some seriously wet and stormy times, yet your veggies look great!

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    • carolee says:

      I’m sure they will look even better when they’ve grown new leaves….meantime, it’s storming with hail as we travel in Ohio, and I’m wondering what is happening back home!

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  3. Margy says:

    Our May was dry, only one inch of measured rain during the six weeks we were gone. Even so, my winter vegetables bolted and now I have lots of work to do in the garden to get the old things out and the plant matter dealt with. I lost the location for my compost barrel so I am chopping everything up small and trying to get it to compost in planter barrels on the deck. Not ideal, but better than transporting the waste to town for disposal. – Margy

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  4. bcparkison says:

    Weather is always a challenge. Either too wet or too dry or too windy or.well…..you get the idea. We just have to keep giving it our best shot.

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    • carolee says:

      That’s true, and experience shows that if we just are patient, the weather will change! Let’s hope it if for the best for everyone….rain for the dry places, dry for the grain belt at least until the planting is done!

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  5. Fingers crossed June is better for you 🤞

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  6. Ann Mackay says:

    I hope that the June weather treats you kindly! Here (UK), it’s just starting to get very warm and probably dry…so will I need to keep an eye on the watering.

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  7. Glad you missed the tornadoes. Looked awful on uk news. You look well ahead of us still despite your rain and storms. The garden usually catches up with itself in the end 🥕🥬💐

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  8. I’ve got patches of my outdoor area at school that pool like your path. I bought an auger drill and made holes filled with rubble and pebbles to make drainage spots. Worked well.

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  9. Di says:

    We got over 6 inches of rain last night in Hicksville, OH, near you…Eckkkk! Yuckkkk!

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  10. Pity about the hail – one is so helpless when it hits, nothing you can do, but despite that, your veggies are looking good!

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    • carolee says:

      Yes, they look awful, but I think most of them will snap out of it. The spinach was the worst, so I just picked it all. If it regrows, great. If not, there are succession crops coming on. Thanks for reading!

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  11. terrifortner says:

    Lovely! I love to see when people are excited by food.

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  12. Wow, Carolee! I’m not that terribly far from you, and yet, despite lots of rain, it doesn’t look anything like that here. Closet tornado was in Dayton, and no hail that I’ve seen. And it has been quite hot and humid here, except for today, which is cool.I can’t imagine how discouraged you must be with all the wetness. I will keep you and all the farmers in my prayers.

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  13. A tornado warning was for my area as well on Saturday…lots of rain. And, yet, us gardeners never lose hope! Cheers!

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