Friday, May 25, 2012

A Change in the Weather

The Cascadia peas are the only ones happy with the change in the weather.  We had days in the high 80s and even 90s, then suddenly cold rain.  There is ever snow on the low hills behind town!  I had to go to the Amtrak station in Klamath Falls yesterday morning and ran into fairly heavy snow flurries! Of course, that highway does go a bit over 5,000 feet, but we are a few days from June for goodness sake! While the reports say this is not seasonal, and we should be back to average soon, I still worry.  This had better not be leading to a late frost like happened last year.  I wasn't living here, but apparently everyone had to replant their gardens.  I have put too much time into it to do that!

Today's Updates from the Garden:

1) The bush beans, both Jade and Capitano, are up.  Jade is two days ahead of Capitano.

Jade Bush Bean
Capitano Romano Bush Bean

2) Cascadia snap peas are forming pods.  I should be able to pick a fair amount this weekend!  This is the one vegetable the entire family enjoys, both cooked and right off the bushes.

Cascadia Snap Peas
3) The Cinderella pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, turban gourds, cucumbers, and the tiny pumpkins all continue to grow slowly but surely.  They should take off once the weather warms for good.  The nights are still pretty cold, which doesn't do them any good.  These were all grown from seed and haven't been in the ground for even a month. I fuss over them so it feels like forever already!

4) The tomatoes, pepper, and cucumbers are also growing, some better than others.  Of the mail-order tomato plants (Momotaro, Sungold, Costoluto Genovese and Stupice) Sungold is the best so far.  I gave up on the Stupice and tossed it a few days ago.  Momotaro is coming in second, followed by Costoluto Genovese.  The Japanese Trifele and Yellow Brandywine look good, and were the biggest (other than Legend which came to that tragic and untimely end with the hose) to begin with.  The mail-order plants started with such a handicap (being so small) I can't see them making up lost time.  They were more expensive too, inch per inch of plant.  By that I mean $3.75 is an average price, but the plants were tiny.  The Legend was $4.00 but much, much larger.  I went out this morning to the parking lot where it was sold, looking to buy another, along with either an Early Girl or a Cherokee Purple, but the lady wasn't there. The rain might have keep her away;  I will look for her tomorrow.
As for peppers, Quadrato D'Asti Rosso is doing nicely.  The California Bell is right up there too, but again, the mail-order Wonder Bells, while noticeably larger, just can't overcome their small starts.

Quadrato D'Asti Rosso
Wonder Bell

5) I am not sure what eggplants are supposed to look like two weeks after transplanting, but while my Orient Charm doesn't seem to have more leaves, the leaves have changed color (more purple in them) and are thicker and sturdier.

Orient Charm 5-11

Orient Charm 5-25
All in all things are looking good.   Plus this rain keeps me from having to water!  I wonder if rain water is more beneficial than city water?  I will have to look that up and let you know.  I would guess it is, depending on what is added to your city water.  For the majority of the year mine comes from Big Butte Springs, natural springs requiring minimal treatment.  During the summer months water from the Rogue River is added, which needs more treatment. 

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