Yesterday I picked our first ripe strawberry.
This morning the corn was up, short fat grasslike leaves, which was a surprise because there was no sign of it last evening.
A few pink peonies are also in bloom.
This morning I side-dressed the garlic with compost. I also side-dressed the young collards and the chard. I have made a significant dent in the compost pile- but we still have so much left.
I carried so many shovelfuls of compost to place around tomato and potato plants.
Walt noticed a fat toad sitting on some compost. I am happy to see it. They are beneficial to the garden, eating insects, grubs, slugs, worms, and other invertebrates. An adult toad can eat 1000 insects in one night. When I was young, we had toads. Then when I returned to the same garden 30 years later, there were no toads. Then two years ago they returned. That was when I started mulching some vegetable plants with a layer of straw. They must have like the coolness under the straw. I have placed some broken pottery in the vegetable garden for a toad home. I hope that we will have more.