Last week I planted two types of Ornamental Corn in my garden, Wade’s Giant Indian and Glass Gem. Both already have almost 100% germination rate, the Glass Gem corn came up a couple of days earlier than the Wade’s Giant.
Today I purchased some bags of topsoil and used them to repair the old spot where the Square Foot Garden bed used to be located. We are expecting rain over the next few days, which will settle the soil in. The bermuda grass will soon do its part and by the end of the summer you probably won’t be able to tell there was ever anything there.
The new fence is finished, it looks very nice. I was waiting for that work to be completed before I began planting my summer vegetable garden. I also now have about 300 square feet of additional space enclosed and will be using it to expand my gardening activities. I started off by relocating my raised bed, square foot garden into the new area, but additional garden beds will be constructed.
We had beautiful spring weather this weekend, so I began breaking ground in the vegetable garden beds. I worked composted manure into the spaces where I will be planting ornamental corn and okra later this month.
I also transplanted a volunteer tomato into the space I have allocated for that vegetable this year. It was growing in a spot where I had planted an Amish Paste tomato last year, so I assume that’s what this new plant is.
I believe one of the biggest problems I face as an Oklahoma gardener is when to actually start my vegetable garden. Spring weather here can be very violent, and just yesterday we got hail and a near miss from a tornado. Fortunately, the hail we got here was not that large but only a few miles away the hailstones were the size of baseballs. It’s not difficult to imagine what hail of that size could do to young plants.
You really cannot expect the spring storm season to end until June, but of course by then you’re already a month or more behind in your gardening. So it really is a gamble every year, trying to get the garden in while hoping the weather won’t make all your efforts wasted.
Purchased some more flower starts and got them planted in the front yard flower beds. Barring some disaster like a late freeze or June bug infestation, that should take care of all my flower bed plantings. It looks skimpy now, but by mid-summer everything will fill out nicely. And by autumn, it should be a riot of overgrown plants and blooms.
Every fall and winter I keep potted pansies and violas in the front flower beds, and this spring I have a couple of voluntary plants blooming. I will work around them as I put in my marigolds and zinnias.
Supposedly, I am too far north for daisies to be a perennial but it seems that my front flower bed is a sort of micro-climate which allows some of them to survive the winter. And it’s been such a mild, warm spring that I already have a bloom.
And finally, I also have my first rose bloom, with several more buds forming.