a magnificient crash-bang thunderstorm and a half an inch of rain, all at once, late last night!
this is our first real rain since February. it’s the first time we’ve had anything measurable since we bought the rain gauge. the garden just soaked it up. there’s supposed to be more today & tomorrow. *fingers crossed*
Chard and Orach:
Potatoes! already in need of more mulch:
The peas have not gotten much taller. we set up this strawbale wall to protect them from the winds just the other day; i’m hoping that helps. but they’re pretty in the rain, nevertheless.
Oregano from Sandy:
Catnip from Sandy. Note the distinctive catnip-wire-cage. Tatters has already discovered the stuff.
Orach, which really does taste very similar to spinach:
Nasturtiums getting big:
And, on my way to work on campus this morning, the Catalpas in bloom:
plus i got my hat back last night. you know, my hat. the one i’m almost never seen without. in my exuberance over passing the InnerConnexion layout job onto Erin, i apparently left the hat at the chinese restaruant where we had our (last) meeting. it took me all week to figure it out and get it back, but they did still have it, thank goodness.
then we went to
Saturday, we’re planting beans & corn, and possibly some squashes. advantage to planting squash now: they get big fast, and they’re big enough to go out. disadvantage: waiting 2+ more weeks will give us a lot more immunity to the late-may Squash Bug Plague that gets so many curcurbits around here. in either event, we can direct-seed the edamame, okra, quinoa (someone gave me seed, so i’m going to give it a try even though we’re at a very low elevation for quinoa–a mere 4900 ft, the lowest place i have ever in my life lived), broomcorn (yay!), and some herbs. and the sunflowers in amongst the cane.