We had a colder than usual winter and a number of my more tender lavender plants (Spanish lavender) died. This left a section of our yard looking quite a mess. Today, I tackled removing all the dead lavenders and I decided to replace them with edibles, in this case blueberries. I selected early and mid-season varieties. With our short summers in Seattle, the late varieties have a tough time maturing before our warm weather ends. In addition to removing the lavenders and planting the blueberries, the whole section needed a good weeding. I definitely got a workout today!
I planted a 4 x 6 bed of Jersey Knight asparagus this spring. Finally, the first asparagus spear has broken through the ground. Although I purchased 2- to 3-year old crowns, it will still takes a few years before I can start harvesting the asparagus because the roots need to get firmly established first.
- Cucumber: Alibi (pickling)
- Cucumber: Green Slam (slicing)
- Cucumber: Boothby’s Blonde (slicing)
- Watermelon: Yellow Doll
- Melon: Ambrosia
- Pumpkin: Small Sugar
- Pumpkin: Cinderella
- Squash: Early Butternut
- Squash: Small Wonder Spaghetti
- Corn: Golden Bantam
The melon and watermelon plants were selected because they have pretty much the shortest growing season possible. These can be tricky to grow with our short season in Seattle, so in addition to selecting short-season varieties, I plan to grow these directly in the greenhouse. I hope they work out!