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Trial Balloon: May 6, 2009 Archive

Almost Time To Plant

Posted at 5:20 AM on May 6, 2009 by Dale Connelly (33 Comments)

Radio Heartland has tickets to give away, to a concert at the Cedar Cultural Center with Roma di Luna and Pieta Brown on Friday, May 15th. Entries close at 1 pm today!

Remember our bold, optimistic promises about the gardens we would plant when winter finally cleared out and the soil was ready? The time is at hand!

How do I know? I don't.

But I read part of a University of Minnesota extension bulletin that said "Wait until danger of frost is past (mid-to-late May) before transplanting tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and similar "warm season" crops." Mid-May is a week from Friday. So if I was the sort of person who did things in a timely manner, I would have everything I need already underway and the soil preparations would be complete. Ha!

The same bulletin says "cool season crops can be sewn early." "Crops such as lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and onions (can be sewn) immediately after preparing your garden plot." That suggests these things should be in the ground already. Unless you're like me. I usually prepare my garden plot on Memorial Day, and then only if there's nothing on television.
Is that too late to plant the cabbage?

This earnest and informative bulletin goes on to describe a lot of other busy, careful tasks, like "stretching a string tightly across the area where you want a furrow."
Straight lines seem to be important to serious gardeners, but that sounds like actual work - much too hard.
Maybe I'll drive the SUV down to Culver's for some ice cream instead.
But don't get the wrong idea. My garden is well along.

Here's a photo.
Vineyard.jpg
This is how it looks in my mind, anyway. Lush and green and growing great!
I built the mountains by hand and filled the fjord with a garden hose.
How about yours?
In case you're wondering, here are the planting commitments that were made lo those many weeks ago!

Amy in St. Paul - Asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, green beans, tomatoes, sunflowers.

Barb in Blackhoof - Potatoes, onions, sweet dumpling squash, two kinds of carrots, two kinds of cukes, Swiss chard, tomatoes, gourds, apples, raspberries, blueberries, asparagus, collards, kale, weeds.

Barbara in Robbinsdale - Arugula, pears.

Bob in Anoka - Tomatoes (seeking the "perfect" tomato).

Cynthia in Mahtowa - Apples, asparagus, grapes, tomtoes, bees.

Don in West St. Paul - Lettuce, broccoli, cabbage Peppers eggplants carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic chives.

Elinor - Tomatoes, sweet peas, rosemary.

Gail in Wisconsin - Tomatoes, lettuce and greens, spinach, cukes, beets, green beans, peas, squash, raspberries.

Jim - Shallots.

Joanne in Big Lake - Tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, lettuces, beans.

Julie - Onions, tomatoes, leaf lettuce, raspberries, asparagus.

Kate - Garlic, lettuce, peppers, popcorn, basil, chives, mint, dill, cilantro, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.

Kathy - Salsa Garden, chickens.

Kathy in Wisconsin - Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, radishes, onions, lettuce, peas, beans, beets, cabbage, strawberries, blueberries, currants, pear and plum trees.

Marianne - Kohlrabi, Nankin cherries, chokecherries.

Mark - Tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, cilantro.

Michele - A few pots of flowers.

Mike from Mississippi - Zucchini.

MN in Mpls - Garlic chives, lemongrass, alpine strawberry.

Sherrilee - Impatiens, begonias, thunbergia, purple allysum, fuschia, pansies, nasturiums, rosemary, basil, chives, cilantro.

How is everybody doing?

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