Spring weather here in southern Ontario has been very odd. We had a week of mild (read HOT) weather in March, followed by a deep freeze in April. It managed to wipe out most of the cherry crop in Niagara, as well as wreak havoc on the tender fruit, pears, and apples. So it will be a tough year for a whole lot of growers here.
My test garden crops have been in the ground for about 3 weeks now, through a very dry spring. And again, unseasonably warm. I think the plants just don’t know what to do. Most things in the test garden look good, although something lopped the tops off the ‘Cayenetta’ peppers. The eggplants are poor because of the darned flea beetles, which are terrible this year. Our (non-) winter was so mild that there was very little kill-off of overwintering pests. So I’m on guard!
I had the best year ever for my heirloom tomato transplant sales, so in that way the spring has been kind to me. I grew over 600 different varieties this year, and there are some that I have just discovered myself this year that I am trialling. The heirloom tomato world is pretty exciting! —Linda Crago, Wellandport, Ontario
I made some garden videos that I posted on You Tube and I hope you enjoy them. They last only about 3 minutes each. That’s all the time I have from moment to moment in my life, and I figured life might be busy for you, too. Here is the link.
As I get experience as a video recording “star” I am sure I will get better. This week my tongue has wrinkles in it and my brain doesn’t seem to want to connect with my tongue.
Some of the vegetable varieties we’re trialing this year are in the videos, but maybe not identified. You can see that my garden is growing. I’m doing lots of melons and peppers this year. The tomato ‘Indigo Rose’ is loaded with growing fruit. The top half of the tomato is black and the bottom half if green. I can’t wait to see what happens with this tomato when it matures. —Leslie Doyle, Las Vegas, Nevada