It’s that time of year again. The time I look forward to all winter long. Gardening season is officially here! Living in Colorado gardening can be a bit of a challenge since we never know when that last snow storm is going to hit. Just when we think it’s safe, we plant all our seedlings that we loved and cared for since March and boom, a snowstorm hits. After that last snow storm we are usually looking at upper 80’s to 90 degree temps. I’ve never really had any luck with spring cold crops.
This year was a bit different. We had a great Spring, it was how Spring should be. Mild temps, tulips, daffodils and Iris’ in bloom long enough to enjoy. We felt confident to bring some of our seedlings outside and begin planting. Beautiful strong Eggplant, Kale, Tomatillos. Also some seeds directly sown into the soil for radishes, carrots, cucumbers and a micro green mix. Everyone was happy.until.hail. All hell, the hail. Destroyed our beautiful garden. I was so sad but there was nothing we could do. There was no sign of hail and all of a sudden in just pounded down and through the garden. It stopped as quickly as it started but the damage was done. Luckily we had not yet brought out our tomatoes and peppers. The Kale looks like it will survive and we saved a tomatillo plant. The sprouts were pretty beat up but I still see more coming through so we may get some radishes after all.
With all the tomatoes I got this year we will still have a very full garden. I also replaced the eggplant and picked up another Tomatillo. This year we decided to use newspaper as weed barrier and straw as a moisture layer. I’m really looking forward to sharing our garden progress this year. This is our 5th year gardening and every year you learn something that you can apply to the following year.
What is your favorite gardening tip?