The Peacock Kale and Giant Red Mustard plants have exploded up and out. If you want to, refer to this previous post to see how they looked when newly planted. Since these photos were taken, the kale has started to fall over, and the pansies have been suffocated to death. With the steadily increasing temperatures, there is nothing to do but to relegate them to the compost heap or maybe eat them. This will leave me with a pockmarked garden until the summer annuals arrive at our local nurseries. That should be a month away, and in the mean time, I refuse to fill in the voids with short term spring color. For me, that’s a waste of my money and my time.
After many hours of brutal labor (eight hours digging up the summer annuals that were so very established and another eight for the planting of the winter annuals) all done over the last three weekends, I am almost done. What’s left is to sprinkle the fertilizer, slug bate, root stimulator, and to add more compost around the pansies. Next weekend, I will need to transport my summer container plants to the greenhouse and create my traditional winter container annuals.