is there such thing as too much rain in my garden?
Well, I took a break and went out to check my garden. The raised bed is doing well with all the rains (like 5 inches), only a couple spots with small puddles!!!! However, in the grass where I need to walk between my beds, it's 3 inches of water. Yikes!!!
I'm a little concerned about the seeds I just planted! Last spring I ended up seeding just before a serious 5 day long rain and my seeds washed away. I got a cherry tomato 5 ft from where they were planted! Since I can't recognize all seedlings, they might get pulled like a weed, and that folks is what I'm afraid of! Or maybe they'll get washed out completely and don't like the high moisture in the soil? But since the seeds liked moisture for pre-sprouting them shouldn't they live in that wet soil?
Anyway, I'm soo happy, my corn is through the soil like almost 2 inches and going strong and I just planted it 2 days ago. Soaking the seeds inside then letting them sprout did wonders! I'm sold on that! I used coffee filters and put them on a paper plate inside and kept watering them a little in the mornings and evenings! I'm hoping on corn at the dinner table in a couple months. How many ears do I get off of one seed/corn stalk?
I got a late start on my pumpkins and squash though but the seeds took off great indoors. We'll have too see how they do after these rains, haven't seen them come out yet! (* fingers crossed *)
I planted carrots and turnips and haven't seen anything yet from them but they must not be as quick as the corn. All the turnips sprouted indoors and the carrots were hard to see sprout since they are so small, but I think they were a little. I just put all my seeds directly outside after they sprouted. That's why I'm so excited about corn, I have never done corn.
I'm waiting for my summer tomatos to start fruiting again. They look so healthy and I've been shaking them every day..... just waiting..... My cherry tomatoes and yellow pears are still doing great. (always hoping)
After thorough reading about asparagus online I tried to snip a couple of my little spears coming out of the ground that are smaller than a pencil. Everyone said they'd taste worse but I liked the two I picked. One had not sprouted and the other had tiny ferns starting. Both were great after being washed and eaten raw. I cut then just under the soil then later heard that home gardeners should "snap" them above ground level so we don't accidentally hurt the roots/rhizhones? Ce La Vi.
I think the typical OK asparagus harvest is pretty much over and unfortunately I let mine go all to ferns but oh well.... lesson learned. I just planted these in spring and they said they were 2 yr plants, so this will just be a strong healthy start for the roots for next spring. I heard that sometimes it's best to let it go to fern anyway to let it get stronger in the first couple years. I definitely didn't see any big time spears growing out of the ground. They were all smalled then a pencil and went quickly to ferns before getting more than 6 inches tall. I plan to feed the ferns now with nitrogen, then cut them off when they die out on their own, then feed them again in early spring and watch them come back. Is that a good plan here in OK?
I read alot about how asparagus love nitrogen. So, I can get some corn gluten and use it as that was the general consensus of my reading for high nitrogen. But does anyone know if coffee beans would do the trick (always thinking about cost!), without the weed help of course that's innate in corn gluten?