Everything is planted and we've mulched it with grass clippings. So far the bugs have been few and the rain has been plentiful. As you may know if you have read previous posts, we started everything way too early. Seeds were started in January and plants were put outside two weeks ago. The peas were put outside as month old plants around St. Patrick's Day. Veteran gardeners cautioned me to wait, but I was eager to push the season.
So what was the result? Well, nothing died. The peas suffered from some frost burn and the tomatoes still aren't looking very happy. Why would they? They shouldn't be out yet. Currently the things that look healthy and thriving are all the cool weather crops. They are doing really, really well and the radishes are even bulbing. The rest are merely enduring until the weather gets warmer.
So what have I learned? I should follow the gardening books more closely. I may not have murdered my plants by starting so early, but I didn't gain anything by it either. There is a lot of information out there about what plants do best when and I'm not doing the plants any favors getting them out there early. They will grow when the time is right.
I'll probably still push the season a bit next year. Maybe not by as much as I did this year, but I don't think I'll be able to resist starting spring as early as possible.