Monday, June 23, 2014

Garden Status


For my vegetable garden friends who enjoy comparing gardening seasons, here is the status of my garden on the first day of summer.  I've awarded a one to five designation with one meaning pathetic, and five, mostly unattainable.  In central Wisconsin, crops are a bit behind, but with three inches of rain this past week, and warmer temperatures—everything is improving. Steve and Natasha are keeping fast growing weeds at bay.
Early potatoes=3 (Late potatoes are outshining them)
Late potatoes=4 (Nine long rows, on a tear, best crop in a while)
Onions=4 (Three long rows, really looking good.
Beets=2 (Sad, sad, poor germination, not growing well)
Gourds=3 (Should be okay. Germination fair)
Sweet Corn=3 plus (Make knee high by the Fourth of July?  Maybe.)
Cucumbers=2 (Not good.  Poor germination.)
Pumpkins=4 (Coming along, but a long way to go)
Tomatoes =3 plus (42 plants. Doing better.  But no blossoms yet, not even on early varieties)
Zucchini= 4 (Seven hills. If you can’t grow zucchini, well . . .)
Peas=4 plus (Love the cool, wet weather.  In blossom)
Broccoli= 4 (First harvest yesterday)
Red cabbage=4 (Coming along just fine)
White cabbage=4 (Ditto for red cabbage)
Green Beans=3 (Need more sunshine, long way to go)
Lettuce=4 plus. (Great crop, three harvests already)
Collard Greens=3 plus (New for me this year.  How to fix?  Suggestions?)
Carrots=2 (Looking mostly sad, but hope, always hope)
So that’s it.  I’m interested in how other vegetable gardens are doing?  Similar to mine?
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Every gardening year is different.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  It’s time to sign up for my writing class at The Clearing (Saturday, November 1). It’s all about writing stories from your life—to be shared with families, friends and more. Go to this link for further information. http://theclearing.org/current/classes_workshop_description.php?id=3
If that doesn’t work write or call The Clearing:
12171 Garrett Bay Rd, Ellison Bay, WI 54210
(920) 854-4088.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
June 27. Readers’ Realm Bookstore, 147 E. Montello St., Montello, WI. 5:30-7:30. Talk at 6:00 p.m.

June 28. Over Fifty High School Class Reunion, Wild Rose High School.

July 12-19. Writing Retreat, Rhinelander, WI.

July 23.  Jacksonport Historical Society, Mr. G’s, 6:00 p.m. Jacksonport, WI. Horse Drawn Days

July 26, Wild Rose Historical Society, 10:00-2:00.  Booksigning.  Part of Wild Rose Days.

July 29, Ephraim Historical Foundation. 7:00 p.m. Barns of Wisconsin.

Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fund raiser for them):
The library now has available both of Jerry’s DVDs, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps and Jerry Apps A Farm Story.
Also available are several of Jerry’s book including The Quiet Season (on which the DVD A Farm Winter is based), as well as Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm, (which are related to the DVD Jerry Apps a Farm Story).
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.

Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division St.
Wild Rose, WI  54984
barnard@wildroselibrary.org


1 comment:

David Demezas said...

Here in FdL I am happy to say that our Peas are a 4+, lettuce/cilantro 4+, carrots 3, zukes 3, butternut squash 3, tomatoes 4 (we have fruit on 5 different varietie), basil 4, hot and sweet peppers 3. We are very wet but our gardens are in raised beds.