We were treated to a rainbow this evening - a rather dazzling one I might add. In between the setting sun, scattered clouds and rainy mist, everything seemed to glow. The weather was cool, but also a bit muggy - a sure sign of things to come later this spring. I took it all in while I did a bit of gardening after dinner. All in all, it was the perfect way to end this particular workday.
My spring vegetables are starting to grow steadily now. I couldn't help but notice how tall the garlic has gotten already. This past weekend, I transplanted some Chioggia and golden beets that I'd started in soil blocks in March. When they get a little bigger, I'll thin each small cluster down to one strong seedling. My snow peas are up as well and by the looks of things, germination was pretty good. I even managed to get a makeshift trellis of branches in before they got too big.
My Fava beans have also germinated well - I'm guessing close to 100%. I'm growing them in three separate spots throughout the garden. Fava beans have to be one of my most favorite edibles to grow and I'm really hoping for a good crop this year.
Tonight, I also transplanted my shell peas - an heirloom variety called 'Champion of English' (which grows very tall much like the peas I saw growing in the vegetable garden at Colonial Williamsburg) and a purple podded soup pea. Normally, I don't start my peas in pots, but for this spring, I was forced to since our planting beds are still a work in progress. Luckily, they also germinated very well and I was careful not to disturb the long thick roots when I set them out. (On a side note, you can see my garden fork has seen better days.)
Is that a double rainbow I see? Maybe we'll have double the luck this gardening year.