We live in zone 6a and I have been gardening and cooking for years. This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my success and those failures that come about on occasion. Plus, I want to hear from all the gardeners and bakers and cooks out there and learn from you. Feel free to share your ideas.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Beans, Basil, Swiss Chard, Broccoli Raab and Rosemary

I have taken today off from work for my birthday and so I can plant away. It is a perfect day.

I just planted the bush beans and more broccoli raab seeds, basil and swiss chard transplants, and the rosemary that I rooted over the winter.I plan to do another couple rows of beans in about 3 weeks. I also took out my meyer lemon which has baby lemons on it. I have to thank Thomas at Growing Traditions blog for inspiring me to purchase a meyer lemon.

It is a cloudy hot day and there is a 50% chance of rain.Actually the weather forecast for the next 25 days looks pretty good. It even includes rain.

Next step for the garden is to plant the flower seeds: cosmos, sunflowers, zinnias and more :) After that I will be planting my squash, melons and cucumbers, and  I have had trouble with beetles on these. There is a theory that I should plant these seeds a little later, so that the beetles go to other  gardens first and settle in there. A lot  of folks have already planted these seeds and are ahead of me. I also purchased diva cucumber seeds because they are self pollinating and I will keep row cover over them, hopefully to keep the beetles off. Finally I will use neem oil spray--my new best friend.


  1. I've planted bush beans too last night and few runner beans Blue Lake so hope they'll do well as it's first time I try this variety. And I'm waitig on my squash as well because of the burrow bug that wiped it all out last year. May have to do two waves this year.

  2. Have fun gardening! I've been wanting to take a day off to plant but I have a week of planned in a couple of weeks so it will have to wait. I've never grown broccoli raab does it grow faster than broccoli? If so maybe I can squeeze some in...

    1. Broccoli raab is a cool waether crop, so I am assuming it may be earlier than broccoli. However, this is my first year planting it. So we shall see how it does.