Started early during those deceptive March halcyon spring days this year (last year there was no spring in the NE as freezing winter hung on and jumped right into summer in early May). Only to be thwarted by a snowstorm that dropped about 10" of heavy wet snow.
It was covered, but I used pex as arches and the weight made the tubing buckle and crimp. Now it is back in the "conditioning" process, and I've installed sturdier PVC arches. I might be able to plant out mid-May rather than waiting til the end of May with that cover.
I planted 10 new Purple Passion asparagus plants down this middle trough to add to last years planting of Jersey Knight at the borders of this 8' x 17' rectangular bed.
As the strawberry pyramid was overtaken with crabgrass and bindweed, I decided to move it.
Here's the new strawberry bed, and I hope it stays weed-free with a little less effort this year. Still needs some mulch, but that's in the works.
Excited about this season, mainly because I can protect the plants now. Heck, 2-3 years ago we had not just frost, but a hard freeze on May 30 and 31!
Last year, I planted San Marzano, Black Krim, Rutgers, Super Tasty, and Sungold tomatoes. I liked the San Marzano the best, and Rutgers was ok, but the Black Krim was just too mushy-the texture was very sloppy. They tasted fine, but they didn't keep. The Sungold lived up to the flavor, but they, too, became too soft too fast (and we're not so fond of home grown small ones because for some reason, the skin is soooo tough!).
This year, tomatoes waiting in my greenhouse are: Glacier, Sweet Seedless, Super Sauce, Fresh Salsa, Big Daddy, Supersteak, and Steak Sandwich (as a matter of fact, a 4' branching Steak Sandwich plant is taking up about 1/4 of my greenhouse and actually has golf-baseball sized tomatoes on it-another pic for another time)! Peppers: Long Tall Sally, Great Stuff, Golden Giant II, and Candy Apple.
Anyone know which tomatoes do best when nights get chilly during most of the growing season?