This spring was a rough start for my garden. Right after I planted we had over a week of rain. Many of the seeds must have just rotted in the ground. I replanted the beans when only three sprouted and the second time got better results. Slugs ate every one of my lettuce sprouts during the rain and something will not leave my basil alone. Not sure if I will get any basil!
The mystery peas are doing the best of all the garden veggies. The indian corn is also fairly happy with the frequent rain and hot days. Lia is about 46″ tall. The corn is well over her head and not tasseling yet. Lia has discovered the joy of eating raw peas right off the vine. She is very proud of the peas she helped plant.
Even the flowers I sowed in the garden did poorly this year. I have a few zinnias and bachelor buttons, but not as good as previous years. The rain was really hard on the seeds. Beets and carrots suffered similarly. The tomatoes are producing a few yummy fruits and the pumpkins that managed to sprout are coming along well. The volunteers are all the sunflowers we have this year. Not a single seed came up and I planted nearly 20. Depressing. Yet, the weeds always do so well. Here are my first Early Girl tomatoes.
On a bright note, I saw a monarch butterfly on the 27th in the apple orchard when I was mowing. Perhaps people’s efforts to plant milkweed are paying off. This seems to be a good butterfly year, there are many varieties present in the gardens and on wild flowers.