June 9th, 2010

Test Garden Update: Kathy Shaw, Neenah, WI

kathy_tnI’ve finally begun to pick my very early lettuce plantings in the last two weeks. The ‘Sea of Red’ and ‘Midnight Ruffles’ lettuces look especially striking in our spring salads. I always like the red lettuces the best, so I am biased on that.
 
With plenty of heat and rain this spring, everything is looking healthy and happy except for the melons and broccoli seedlings. A marauding animal, probably one of our resident woodchucks, came into the covered alcove attached to the house and ate all of the leaves off of every plant while they were hardening off. A few of the broccoli plants are re-growing leaves but the plants look awful. We had 14 flats sitting out, mostly flowers, and that was the only flat that was chomped on. The good news is that we also hosted a fox family this spring so I hope the woodchuck problem may be diminished in the short term.
 
I also have to mention the peppers. With the wonderful spring weather, all of the pepper plants look superb. I’ve never set out pepper plants with flowers already on them before, but all of the ‘Pinot Noir’ plants are flowering!

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