This weekend the rain ceased and I decided to buy transplants and get them in the ground. For anything that can't be directly sown into the garden I have to buy transplants because I do not have an indoor light system to start seedlings. It took over 5 hours to get everything planted, although it doesn't look like 5 hours worth of work. Part of the problem is I am too precise and perfectionistic. However I have the sunburn to prove the hours I spent in the garden today. It was wonderful to be outside on such a beautiful day.
Last year I planted all of my transplants on May 6. I decided that the weather was good enough and that I would probably just have to cover them with row cover a couple of nights to protect them. Honestly I was late on lettuces and such that with my transplants I wanted to be early and have them get a head start.
A mixture of tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, basil, leeks, mint, eggplant, pepper and marigolds. We plant marigolds in the borders to help keep out pests. Supposedly the French Marigold's scent is undesirable to bunnies and the like. We have been planting them from year one and haven't had any trouble with the multitude of bunnies and continue to do so, who knows if it's what really keeps them out.