“Never underestimate the healing power of a quiet moment in the garden” – Unknown
As I began harvesting a large portion of my garden this week I realized so many people are in different stages. I have some friends who are just getting started while some of us are actually in the resting phase. Today I want to talk about the resting phase.
I planted my garden early. I got all the cabbage, peas, onions, greens, lettuce, carrots, berries, chard, potatoes, and herbs in pots. In April which is usually an iffy time in Ohio we actually didn’t get that late freeze that we witnessed last year. I took my chance though fully knowing it could all go left.
While I did experience a frost, it was nothing like last year so everything has actually grown well. I was able to harvest some early crops like lettuce and herbs as early as mid May. On May 15th I harvested collards, onion, lettuce, and young cabbage. As of today I have actually harvested 2/3 of the cabbage and the majority of collards.
If you have just started your garden there are some items you have to watch because of the heat. Those are the crops I mentioned above. The cabbage, collards, and lettuce. The varieties I chose to plant this year would not do well in high prolonged heat and the mini frost actually gave them a better flavor. So what am I doing now?
I just finished planting my cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, and pumpkin. I am officially done planting. Now all I do is monitor the garden. I harvest anything that needs harvesting. I watch the leaves and I inspect for bugs. I have a container garden so I don’t have very many weeds. I also water when needed. We have had a lot of rain the past few days so I didn’t have to do that.
I call this the honeymoon phase and honestly this is the part that I love. When you first start the garden if you miss a day or two you could come back to nothing. During this phase I can skip a few days and not worry that I won’t have any plants when I return. Everything has a strong start and outside of dropping in more bean seeds here and there the hard part is done.
To some this is boring, for me waiting to see the fruits of my labor is why I started all this in the first place. I use this time to look for new recipes for the new things I’ve grown. I grew boy choy this year and outside of salad I wanted some good recipes for it. I also grew tatsoi and I’m really excited to see how it turns out. FYI- I did learn it bolts quickly in the sun, so luckily I grow in containers. I simply moved it onto the patio until I figure out what I’m going to do with it.
Gardeners its time to take a mini break. Enjoy what you have done. Hopefully your flowers are blooming and all you see is a sea of green in your garden. Don’t panic and don’t freak out. The number one thing I’m begging you not to do is plant a bunch of stuff. This is just a break. A small break, but a break. Before you know it the cucumbers and tomatoes will need all your attention. You will begin pulling out your spring plants and getting ready to plant your late summer/fall crops. If you are like me you have no intentions of dying of heat stroke in August so take the break.
Let me know how you’re doing? Are you taking a break or just getting started? What are you growing for the summer and what’s your fall plan? As always all I will leave you with is this, Let’s Start Gardening.