Apparently today was the tenth annual World Naked Gardening Day and I had never even heard of it before. Gene got pretty involved in the holiday merriment. It’s the first holiday I have seen him express any interest in since we started carrying on with each other three years ago. Naked to the bone in the garden pulling a few weeds. Etc.
As usual much going on. The big news is that after a full month of unseasonably warm weather, upper 70’s to mid and high 80’s with night-time temps in the 50’s, we are having 5 nights in a row in the 40’s. That’s chilly for tomato plants, peppers, okra, beans and squash.
I hot capped the eggplants and squash with plastic jugs, the okra with mason jars, and built a heat capture fence for the tomatoes and beans. Huh? We are not trying to keep things from freezing just trying to capture more daytime heat and hold it through part of the night.
People scoffed at my early plantings of summer heat loving nightshades and squash but they are doing quite well. Of course it is always a gamble and I think worthwhile in spite of this small setback of cool temps. It only took about thirty minutes to rig up the black plastic wall and cap a few things. So yea.
We went to Baker Creek Saturday for their annual Spring Planting Festival and had a great time. Stocked up on seeds for fall planting, had a marvelous lunch, bought a few plants, visited with some old friends here and there, heard some marvelous speakers and learned quite a bit of new stuff about gardening (more on this later after I’ve read a book heavy on soil science). I especially enjoyed Jim Long on “Growing & Using Rare & Unusual Herbs”, Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange on “Extending the Harvest: Creating a Four Season Garden”, and Gene heard Jeff Lowenfels on “No More Chemicals in the Garden”. We bought Jeff’s book Teaming With Microbes and it is packed with cutting edge soil science for the home gardener as well as commercial growers. Yes the average reader can comprehend this book.
It should be back in the eighty’s by the weekend and the high summer crops will perk back up.
What is happening in your garden world this week?