Beltane Full Flower Moon
This is the kind of weather that can scare a Minnesota gardener. Right now the temperature is 42. It could, will, go lower, though the prediction says no lower than 40. If I thought it were going to get down to freezing, I’d have to cover my new peas and turnips. They have just poked above the soil and would suffer and most would die.
My baby plants from inside are now adolescents; they stayed outside six hours today. Tomorrow, I’ll put them outside by the beds where they’ll be planted and give them one more day in the peat pots before digging them in to their permanent homes.
I cut up the potatoes today, readying them for planting, too. They may be a little late, so we’ll see what we get. A lot of new plants in this year’s garden: leeks, parsnips, turnips, greens, brocolli, cauliflower, plants I may not understand too well. Again, we’ll have to see what we get.
That kind of experimentation is one of the joys of gardening, eating something fresh that you’ve only ever had from a produce section of a supermarket. This year marks a large expansion in our vegetable and fruit crop. That means a lot of uncertainty, a steep learning curve with some plants. All part of the deal.