We’ve having a very strange Spring at the Stoddart Avenue Community Garden. The Muirfield golf tournament hasn’t even started yet, but it’s been raining buckets for weeks. This has really cut into our gardening time, since we were rained out last Saturday and Wednesday. I am NOT complaining. It's so much more work to have to water everything -- like we did in 2012 and even last year -- during May. If I had know that we were getting so much rain, I would have planted some more fruit trees, though.
It’s also been uncommonly chilly this month. While May 22 is the historical last frost date, it’s unusual for it to still be in the 40’s at night this late into the month. As a result, only two of us have been brave enough to plant tomatoes and peppers. My patio greenhouse is popping at the seams with seedlings waiting to find the ground.
I also had time today to research when I should be pruning our typically floppy asters (so that they flower out with shorter branches this Fall). The University of Illinois has a great website for this type of information. These were the suggestion: