Day 116 – April Showers Bring May Flowers

This is a great summarization of today.  Rain.  And more rain.  And, just when you thought it was over, even more rain.  The question always asked at this point in the month is what do May showers bring?  More rain.

When I was looking outside to do my daily check that the dogs did not dig the dirt out of my new raised bed, I thought I saw a glimmer of hope.   I went outside – and sure enough found this:

See that little green in the middle there?  Those are the start of cucumbers!!  Every mound of cucumber seeds has plants coming up.  Woo-hoo!!

And those are the starts of melons!!  I have never grown melons before.  I guess they like the soil and the rain and the lack of warmth!   Further back in the box are the pumpkins.  Two of the three mounds have pumpkin plants coming up.

No peas yet.  No spinach.  But, they promise sun this weekend (and if we are good, 70 degrees).  I think that will really jump start those seeds.  And, the pepper starts, tomatoes starts, and various herbs are also happy.

I should explain my excitement a bit.  Last year, the only produce I got from my garden was sugar snap peas in late May.  That was it.  The weather was too inconsistent.  My four tomato plants all produced rotten tomatoes.  The cukes produced nothing.  No peppers either.  My beans were crushed by the neighbor’s falling tree, so nothing there either.  And while the pumpkin vines looked great – I never even had a flower.  All that work – for nothing!   So far, things are going better than last year.  Now if we can get some warm weather, there may be hope for this year’s garden.

What do you think?

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