I seem to be holding up in the heat better than some of my spring greens. I tried a different mache this year and I’m sorry I did. I forgot to order more seed of the heirloom ‛Bistro’ and the variety I picked up at the store has experienced a touch of the vapors. ‛Bistro’ is the only mache I’ve grown that not only continues growing in warm weather, the long, strappy leaves stays sweet and tender. And I miss it.
The ‛Bloomsdale Longstanding’ spinach is putting on a brave face. If the heat breaks, I think we’ll be enjoying it for several more weeks. But after pulling the bolted mache, arugula, some radishes and mizuna, I finally have space for more beans. So there is always a silver lining.
So now everything is ready to take off in the vegetable garden. I always wait until Memorial Day, to plant my cukes and squash. I’ve read that the squash beetles have hatched and cased out their spawning grounds by then, so I cross my fingers that they have moved on from my garden. Just in case, be on the look out for their eggs, usually laid on the under sides of the leaves. Yuck.
And finally, I spotted my first cucumber beetle, before I had even planted cucumbers. I think someone may have posted an “Open for Business” sign on my vegetable garden. I hope this guy runs out of patience and flies off with the squash beetles.