These photos are from 2014 and the oyster mushrooms came up unexpectedly in my carrot raised bed. I fried them up and added them to a breakfast. They were soft and tender.
Spring hasn’t come soon enough or quick enough. Winter has been tough, with some -30C days punctuated with much sunshine and wind.
Living in southern Manitoba is considered by many on the planet as living in the north of the planet, at least. But for those who live in Canada living at the 51st latitude is living in the south. We have five lovely months of spring-summer-fall with some seven months of winterish and winter weather.
The first flower to bloom is the hearty dandelion, making its presence known on the south-facing lawns and grasses against white stucco foundations of houses and other buildings, sheltered from the north wind.
The snow recedes from the raised beds and the frost line lowers as the soil absorbs the solar radiation which is penetrating. The process is slow and requires the assistance of the air mass warming and the daytime heat being preserved overnight before we can plant seeds which will germinate and give fruit some 30-60 days later.
This spring I took advantage of a warmer april and early may and planted seeds by May 7th, even though the soil was below 10C. We were given one last blast of winter on May long weekend which came early this year on May 16th. Most of the seeds had not yet broken surface, the cucumbers which froze beneath the 4cms. of snow we received. However the following weeks have seen the beans, peas, potatoes, and eggplant, chard, dill, carrots, and lettuce come up nicely.
My few asparagus plants produced only five spears that were edible. So sweet.
The strawberries started flowering early before may long weekend but still no berries. Our overnight lows have finally stabilized around plus 10C so the garden is growing. I planted the tomatoes into containers, actually fabric bags, patio style on full moon of June, this year being June 2nd.
I replanted some cucumbers and still waiting for them to come out of ground. The carrots which I planted back on May long weekend are up about an inch and a half.
Dried tomatoes which over-wintered on my kitchen counter and shrivelled up, placed in the ground in my greenhouse have not sprouted. I planted them may 6th and since they were protected from the snow and frost, should have survived, yet no sprouting. Perhaps I needed to have opened the shrivelled tomatoes and just planted the seeds.