The weather has been great. Yesterday it was cool and rainy! It’s May and it was cool and rainy!!! Here’s a quick garden update:The strawberries are really producing well. They’ve been fed (Dr. Earth), irrigated daily, and are enjoying full sun. The fruit size is large and well developed. There is some loss to insects; but no loss to birds. The scare tape and owl kite seem to be great scarecrows.French Breakfast Radishes were planted among the Lemon Squash on 05/15/10. They germinated today, 05/18/10. The purpose of planting them with the squash is to repel pests that could damage the squash. If anyone is new to gardening with seeds and would like to enjoy fast results, these radishes should do the trick.In the holes of the cinder block that form the raised bed for the peppers, I planted some Borlotto Solista Beans. They are only planted on the north side of the bed to allow for maximum sun to the peppers. Al Kuffa tomatoes are also sharing the bed with the soon to be planted peppers. A few small oranges are hanging on to the Robertson Navel Orange tree. I thought this tree might be in danger of being lost; but it looks like it is gaining strength and may grow vigorously. Sadly, the Satsuma Mandarin was pitched into the green waste. It’s root system was very small and the tree ended with no leaves.
All the tomatoes have been planted (37 plants) with the remaining to be given away. Four of the tomato plants were auctioned at today’s meeting of the Daughters of the British Empire. It was a nice day in the garden.