Happy Tuesday! Isn’t May just a crazy month for gardening? It’s like, everything needs to be done at once – where do you start? I do have my list, which helps, but I’m always thinking “if I can just get the beds papered and mulched before the weeds get bad it’ll be so much easier.” But the tomatoes have to be planted – and anyone who grows starts from seeds know that you can’t put that off for long or you’ve wasted all the time and energy you’ve put into them! Choices. So, yep, the tomatoes are planted and the beds are not mulched yet, but there’s time for that and it’s always better to try and go with the flow of nature, isn’t it? As always – looking forward to seeing what you’ve got happening over your garden fence for this Tuesday Garden Party!
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From this week’s Tuesday Garden Party’s Host, Shelly from Frugal Family Home:
Growing your own food is something that I just love. From the time I was little, we always had a garden of some kind. As soon as I had my own home, I started to grow some of our food. There is just something about planting this tiny seed and having it produce a great bounty for you. There is something magical about it.
But along with the good bounty, come the failures too. The last few years, my failure has been broccoli. But this year, I had something fail, that I thought was pretty much foolproof. It’s the radishes. I’ve had radishes not do well because of bugs eating on them, but this year the bugs had nothing to do with it. I think it was more the weather.
I planted my radishes early on in the season, in mid February. It should have been plenty early enough for them to grow and before any amount of heat got to them. But as I went out to survey my radishes a few weeks ago, I noticed none of them were plumping up. The roots that I felt were still skinny and scrawny. The greens looked great, but where were my radishes.
Then a week later, I knew I wouldn’t be getting any radishes this year. The radishes all went to seed. Yes, each and every one of them. Ugh! I’m not sure what the problem was, but I suspect our early warm spring weather was the culprit.
But it could have been the variety I was growing too. I was trying to grow radishes called, Watermelon Radish. They are whitish green on the outside and red on the inside. Such a pretty looking vegetable, I thought. But this year we won’t know how great they could taste, since all I have are greens and scrawny roots.
I might let the flowers stay and collect a few seeds, I don’t want it to be a total loss. For next year, I might have to go back to my tried and true varieties, sparkler radishes and breakfast radishes. I’ve had good luck with them over the years. I just wanted to try something new, but it didn’t work out.
Last week, we had some great gardening successes and tips shared. Here’s a few of my favorites:
1. Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar from Floyd Family Homestead
2. How to Repair A Garden Hose from Maple Hill 101
3. How to Grow Carrots from Sensible Gardening & Living
4. How to Make a Rain Barrel from The Sustainable Couple
5. Herb-y Basket Gift Idea from My Thrift Store Addiction
Can’t wait to hear about all the great gardening ideas you all have to share this week!