the first berries might not be the best, but in all cases the more you can let them ripen on the plants before picking the better they will be, up to a point. the red of the berry is caused by the seeds saying "We're ready!" so in some cases you may even notice that a fairly green/white berry is still sweet enough to eat. but of course the fragrance and flavor are best when they get nice and red. at least for the types that do get red (i've not grown any of the alternatives)... pretty much what happens here every season. the first berries tend to be eaten before they are prime, but i still enjoy them.Before and after weeding the strawberry patch. Our 2 kids helped and it sure made the task more fun and fast! Harvested handful of strawberries which we had for dinner. We get strawberries but they are so small. Anything I can do to make the fruit bigger? They taste bit tart too. Half the plants are new this year.
we mowed this morning. a bit thick, but we got it done. everything is certainly nice and green now.No gardening, just mowing, and mowing and mowing and...mowing. WEEKS of lots of rain, but I can quit for another week, I hope.
(added emphasis mine)for planting all that remains is 35 tomato plants and a flat of large sweet onion starts. we might be doing some planting in the rain. if it is warm enough we can survive that. just have to have two sets of shoes, one for mud/dirt/planting and the other for walking on the pathways.
i won't be starting to planting beans for a few days at the least, perhaps a week or more. not that i'm not tempted but i just have to get this other project done first.(added emphasis mine)
It may come to that here too, judging by the extended forecast... chances of rain & storms every day for the next week. At least it looks like it will be dry during the day tomorrow, guess I'd better get in as many of the transplants as possible. I won't be direct-seeding any beans though; too many losses over the years due to excessive rainfall after planting. This might be another year where all of my beans get started as transplants.
do you have issues with all the rocks breaking the tiller tines?Ran rototiller for a couple of hours. Have completed 10 of 12, 45' by 4' beds. That is, ran tiller twice over the ground with tines on forward, twice over with tines in reverse.
It surprises me that on each pass, the tiller responds in different ways. In other words, it is working. With some moisture in the ground and with the tractor guy having gone over it last fall, it almost seems as though I am tilling nearly as deep as possible the first time. It's not that I can go so deep with that rear-tyne tiller. It's about 6". Gotta shake those rocks! Irrigation, rain and simply time will settle the ground quickly. Pleased that the tractor guy had so much organic matter to turn under. There's probably less than usual right now because of such a warm winter. Still, the soil looks good.
Set out more cabbage and broccoli. The plants that have been there nearly 3 weeks are nice and healthy. These today were terribly rootbound but should be okay if the weather cooperates.
Planted the first of what might be killed by a frost - sweet corn transplants! Of course, the bean seed hasn't emerged in a week with morning temperatures of about 40°f and cloudy days. It will warm considerably, the WS assures us.