We have had a long stretch of warm weather here and it is forecast to go on for about another week. Yesterday it got up to 89F which is about 20F above the average for this time of year. I'm hoping today we don't get quite as high as yesterday. 70Fs would be really nice. In addition we haven't been getting our usual rain. We have had maybe an eighth of an inch in two weeks. So I found the sprinkler and watered the garden. Even with that, the poor Asian greens looked a bit wilty in the afternoon heat.
Since it has been so warm recently the soil has gotten hot. Usually I don't sow corn until mid May as germination in cold soil is iffy. Well the soil is not cold at all. So I soaked some seed overnight and planted it yesterday afternoon. I only planted one bed - Bed 3W. I have two open right now and five total will get planted once the other crops have been picked (spinach and baby Asian greens). I figure the next one will get planted in a week or two. I want the last set of corn to be planted in mid June. My mom is visiting in August and loves corn. I think that last planting will be ready when she is here. I've got my fingers crossed.
I always do a two sisters planting with corn. The other is squash. I put the seed in a container to sprout indoors and once it does I'll plant it outside. This patch will get some Upper Ground Sweet Potato Squash. It gives large squash that looks a bit like a pumpkin. I'm hoping I like it. Like all squash I plant it is a C. moschata so it is resistant to the vine borer. Supposedly the vines are pretty aggressive. I'll see if I can keep it in bounds and see if it plays nicely enough under the corn with the butternut that will be planted at the other end when I plant up Bed 3E. Waltham butternuts do very well here. Squashes for me have to be able to grow under the corn and thrive, or they aren't worth it. They have to produce before it gets too cold. Our season isn't all that warm or long compared to the south or farther inland. They have to store well. They have to taste good. And the yield can't be low. I've got my fingers crossed with the two squashes that I'm trialing this year.
I noticed that the cilantro isn't coming up much this year. Usually it just volunteers for me. It didn't set enough seed last year I think. So I was out and sowing some in the flower bed near the driveway. I use a lot of cilantro over the year and a decent amount of coriander. So I need to get some plants up and going. It is late for it though. I doubt I'll get much of a leaf harvest especially if the weather stays hot. But even if I only get seed that would be something.
In addition I put in the second succession of peas. I'm just growing them for pea sprouts or I would have put them in ages ago. My first sowing is growing really slowly this year. The row cover next to it is really blocking the light. Except in the morning and late afternoon the light has to get through two layers of it to get to the peas. The peas aren't in a row cover, just behind it. Next year I ought to put them at the other end of the bed so they will grow better.