Late, as usual

This week I’ve been feeling like the White Rabbit from Alice In Wonderland. Tomatoes and peppers in the garden by Mother’s Day? Forget it. I just got them in last Saturday. Pole bean seeds in the ground as soon as the danger of frost has passed? Um, I got them in on Monday (along with bush bean, radish and nasturtium seeds.) Hyacinth beans that my friend Summer gave me 2 (or 3) weeks ago? Just planted them this morning (along with a cute white trellis that I found in the back of our shed.)

One good thing about getting them in this week: the heat let up and most of the seeds have already sprouted. Maybe they sense that they don’t have a lot of time to grow.

I have put some of our plants in “protective custody.” A groundhog has been spotted in our yard. I’ve seen evidence of nibbling on the bean sprouts and the peppers. I borrowed paps trap, but I haven’t set it out yet. We’ve smelled skunk in the backyard two nights in a row, and I would hate to catch him by mistake!

So with just a few days until the official start of summer, I’m almost caught up. I just need to get my straw mulch down this weekend and then I’ll be caught up. It shouldn’t be too hard. The bale of hay has been sitting next to the shed…for a month. Sigh. In the meantime, we can sit back and enjoy the garden for a little while.