Neighbour's Mountain Ash in bloom. Still some berries left from last year. Birds must be holding out for the strawberries!
Above, L to R: Brussels Sprouts, Spinach, Lovage, Peas (behind). Lovage is now nearly 4 feet tall and is starting to bloom. I'm guessing now is a good time to start harvesting it, but not exactly sure how best to do this i.e. How much to harvest at once? Cut off flowers or let bloom and go to seed? Etc.
Plus the tomatoes (above). Plants where flowers were plucked off before transplanting now starting tomatoes up to about 1 to 2 cm diameter. Other tomatoes up to ~7 cm on plant with previously non-plucked flowers.
Tenergreen Improved Bush Bean planted May 16 on each side of pathway. They look a little yellow, not sure if that's normal? Behind beans: Bloomsdale Spinach planted May 16 and Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard planted May 2.
Summary of approximate germination % with direct seeding in garden:
- Marigolds 10 - 20% (seed gathered from mom's garden)
- Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard 90-100%
- Bloomsdale Spinach 80%
- Cherry Belle Radish 70%
- Green Arrow Peas (planted Apr 11) 0%
- Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Peas (planted May 3) 70-80%
- Homesteader/Lincoln Peas (planted May 3) 70-80%
- Carrots (planted May 2) 10-20% (from free package, didn't expect much)
- Tendergreen Improved Bush Beans 80%
This summary is not very accurate for small seeds planted densely together (such as spinach, swiss chard, carrots, radishes, etc), in which case the % has more to due with the gaps in rows than actual % seed germination. Just a rough observation for future reference.