Saturday, May 28, 2011
Yesterday morning the temperature was in the low 60's, with a high in the 70's -- so welcome with it expected to be in the 90's this weekend and all next week! I went out to the vegetable garden and collected these thinnings from the carrots I planted back on March 18. I bought the seeds in Austin while visiting a friend. One carrot per seed just never seemed like a good return of gardening effort for a garden of limited space, and usually it heats up so fast here that spring crops are always an iffy thing. But I couldn't resist the colors. They have grown to a nice stand and hopefully in a few more weeks I'll have some respectable carrots. The variety is "Carnival Blend" by Botanical Interests. I have a similar variety that I bought at Lowe's to plant for a fall crop, Burpee "Kaleidoscope Mix".
I've had a very nice harvest of sugar snap peas and multiple cuttings of side shoots from the "pacman" broccoli that I planted. Broccoli is another very iffy crop here -- it bolts if it heats up too much to fast here, and usually has a lot of insect and caterpillar damage. This year the plants have been fabulous -- if only I had planted 20 instead of 4!