The Harris’, Rains, Floods, Frost, Oh My
Planting at the Harris’ is always fun and often very eventful. This year was no different. Due to our excitement about receiving our Bonnie Plants, we just couldn’t wait to get the plants in the ground.
Once we have a vision for our summer garden, not much can keep us from moving forward.
The plants we don’t grow from seed, we get from Bonnie Plants. Their plants are always incredibly healthy and this year will prove that this statement is true.
I always try-”try” is the operative word – to wait to put them in the ground after Easter. The “old-timers,” including my dad, tell me to wait until after Easter to plant “because there will always be a cold snap even after the “safe” time to plant which is two weeks after the last frost date.” I made that bold so that I wouldn’t forget it next year.
Well, of course, we didn’t wait until Easter and planted exactly 2 weeks after the last frost date (like we are supposed to by the books)
and got torrential rains as well as another frost. These rain showers were no “April showers that bring May flowers.” No, this was a flood.
Our garden was beautifully laid out. As we watched out the window and prayed for the rain to stop, we bounced ideas for solutions to the drowning plants.
We had to do something to prevent root rot. The first day without rain, we all took part in replanting the vegetables while raising the rows of plants – This is where I have to re-write “plant the plants” in my calendar just so I can cross it out again! Does anyone else really do that?
I am happy to report that the plants adjusted quite well and am looking forward to the first harvest! You can find some of my favorite vegetable recipes on the Bonnie Plant Blog to which I contribute. I am getting my canning equipment ready for the over abundance! Gardening is one of the joys in life that keeps on giving!