Just missed a powerful tropical rain storm coming in off the Atlantic near Jacksonville. Went through there yesterday about noon. Glad to have missed most of that. Now in North Carolina near Statesville (just southwest of Winston-Salem). Having a little coffee thinking about what will be in my Ohio garden, which, as noted earlier the month in this blog, will be mostly from seed. I’ll plant beets, carrots, a few kinds of lettuce, bush beans and my usual basil, dill and other spices. I may be able to stop at a nursery today and get a few plants that already have a good start.
I have some big pots and a left over pile of soil in which to plant some cherry tomatoes, perhaps a few cucumber plants, and maybe a few zucchini squash that will run up a trellis.That should be about enough as I am restricted to what I can get from a few raised beds and odd pots. As always I have protected against an early expected critter invasion with a chicken wire covering of the beds. The coverings come off and on in sections and I am able to work the beds.
In my other nearby garden (part of last year’s first community garden). I’ll just plant a few bush beans and throw in some leaf mulch and additional compost as the season continues. It will be interesting to see how the Community Garden Group composter performs as the season moves along. When I left town last September folks were loading in leaves and all sorts of other organic matter.
I’m expecting better yields this year as I should have more sunlight during the best part of the day. Several very large Ash trees just to the south of my planting beds have been removed due to the a borer beetle disease which seems now endemic in the area and all but untreatable.
So it seems the sun will persist a little later into the early afternoon and, in addition, my solar oven will produce an early afternoon tea with less moving around to catch the sun’s rays that I had to do last year.