I was comparing this year’s garden with my records from last year. It seems many plants are growing slower this year.
Lettuce: Last year I was harvesting lots of lettuce by now early June – this year I’m hoping to start picking lettuce this week. It looks beautiful and lots of it, but ts still a bit small. I planted the same varieties on the same dates both year’s so I think the weather is the difference.
Peas: My peas are doing miserably this year. Very poor sprouting, (I think because the squirrels ate SO many and I didn’t use inoculant) plus I started planting very late. There are lots of sprouts just coming up now from my reseeding (the squirrels got tired of them and I used inoculant). I don’t know if these will be productive before the summer heat comes.
Radish: Last year I had radish by now. Mine are still tiny now. This is because I didn’t plant radish until two weeks ago. I can’t blame this one on the weather.
Broccoli: My broccoli were much bigger last year. But last year I really babied them. I planted them outside very early under row covers in the prime sunny spot by my house. Then in May I transplanted them to other locations. This year they got a shadier location and the slugs found them under their row covers.
Fava beans: Last year I planted my fava beans in mid March next to my house and transplanted to my community plot in May. This year I planted the fava seed directly in my community plot in May. Way too late. The plants have few black aphids on them now, which happens when its not so happy. Favas seem to really prefer cool weather.
Squash: And my summer squash are way behind last year. Like the lettuce, I have the same varieties planted at the same timing as last year. But last year I had blossoms and fruit forming already! This year I’m just hoping the plants get their second set of true leaves soon. I’m considering covering them, and am definitely concerned about my melons and winter squashes with these temps that rarely exceed 65*F.
Others crops not doing well this year are basil, peppers and cucumbers. Just not growing yet. And very sadly – no arugula, I forgot to plant it. 🙁
Roots: The crops that are doing very well now are all my root vegetables. The garlic, potatoes, beets, onions and carrots look great. And I am very happy that I even have some parsnip sprouts this year – something I couldn’t do with many sowings last year. And my celeriac (a new crop for me) seem OK.
Tomatoes: And, so far so good for the tomatoes too. (Fingers crossed on that one!)
I suppose poor weather for one crop is good weather for another.