Actually, I prefer warm weather to hot weather so I wasn't too disappointed by the latest miss by the weather forecasters. The fog creeping up the valley in the morning is a beautiful sight to see and it usually slinks right back out in no time.
I don't think that the garden minded the milder than predicted weather either.
I've been trying to work up this post for the past few days so there is a mix of photos from the 19th through today (make that yesterday).
This is where most of the work has been lately, the favas are gone and the soil amended and turned. Last week I planted out Marina di Chioggia winter squash (middle ground), a couple of da Fiore zucchini (under water bottle cloches beyond that), and in the far end of the bed are two each of Green Fingers Persian cucumbers and Tasty Green Japanese cucumbers (also under water bottle cloches). The water bottle cloches are for rat protection rather than weather protection.
Since the photo above was taken I planted out some paper pot starts of Spanish Musica pole green beans and Classic Slenderette bush green beans at the far end of the bed. These new plantings are also covered up to protect them from the rats. (By the way, the rat zappers are working, I've lost count of the number that have found their way to a shocking end, at least 10 in the last week).
In the other end of that bed are some spring sown radicchio and one spring sown Hybrid One Kilo napa cabbage. In the pot are some "Little Lion" zinnia seedlings.
Here's a closeup of one of the radicchios
Pearly squash leaves, a reward for an early morning garden inspection.
The next bed is tomato central. I planted these out about 6 weeks ago and they've grown fairly well considering how extra cool the weather has been this spring. No green tomatoes yet though, the nights have been too cold, generally below 50º F until the last few nights.
The entire back of the bed is filled with tomato plants. This year I'm growing Amish Paste, Black Krim, Chianti Rose, Fiaschetto, Gigantesque, Katja, Japanese Black Trifele, Aunt Ruby's German cherry, and Galinas cherry.
I snuck a few Sweetie Baby romaine lettuce seedlings into the tomato bed and it looks like they will be ready to harvest before the tomatoes overwhelm them.
This one grew so fast...
The Pimento de Padron peppers in this bed are finally starting to look happy and should be producing soon.
Shishito, Fushimi, and New Mexico peppers and Diamond eggplant are still pouting about the cool weather. But the volunteer Monticello poppies that I allowed to grow in middle of the bed are covered with nice big fat seed pods are still producing a few beautiful flowers.
The Ear of the Devil lettuces are taking their good sweet time producing seeds...
One corner of this bed is home to the beet patch. I'm getting nice sized beets even though the patch is rather crowded. As a matter of fact, I started the beet seedlings in paper pots and when I planted them out I neglected to thin them and even though most of the pots have 3 or 4 seedling growing together they are still producing nicely shaped and sized roots.
The Devoy beets have the most beautiful magenta and orange stems, although I also get some "white" beets from the same pack - you can see that on the right in the photo below.
Oh, and let's not overlook the Yellow Wonder strawberry plant volunteering in the path next to this bed. It's a hearty fellow, surviving neglect and an occasional trampling, and it rewards me with sweet aromatic berries.
There's still more update to go but I don't have time to finish now. I'll cover the other two beds and other odds and ends around the garden in the next few days.