Here’s the last of the tomatoes I planted. Boy, I’m glad that’s done!

Our season is very short here in northern Minnesota, so we’re hard at work trying to get everything — especially the long-season crops — planted in the gardens. Yep, it’s hard work and we’re sometimes very sore at night. But it has to get done or we won’t get the harvest we want come fall. Yesterday I planted the last of our 160 tomato plants. As we’d run out of Wall O’ Waters I prayed over each one that we wouldn’t get another frost!

When the tomatoes were done, I switched to corn, planting Seneca Sunrise and Navajo Robin’s Egg Blue in the main garden. (They won’t cross as Seneca Sunrise sweet corn is very early and Robin’s Egg Blue is very late)

This is the end of the Main garden where I just planted corn with our little Earthway planter which saves lots of time.

After that, I planted Crawford beans on the stock panels Will had set up in our House garden, then planted Atlantic Giant pumpkin plants I’d started three weeks ago in the house in the North garden, and more corn in the Central garden (Seneca Round Nose and Yukon Supreme). As with our other corns, we planted a late variety with a very early one to prevent crossing.

Oh, by the way, I also canned up some of our very prolific asparagus! YES, I hit the sack early and was glad to get there!

Today I started again, planting our Prescott Fond Blanc muskmelon plants and Royal Golden watermelon, as well as the sweet corn I’ll be canning and eating come summer. This afternoon, it’ll be more beans, Oka muskmelon, and Sweet Dakota Rose watermelon in our Main garden, way through the woods from our other melons to prevent crossing via trees as barriers and plenty of pollen in pasture clover.

It’s exciting to be planting and I can’t wait for the first seeds to pop up! (We do have lettuce and radishes up nicely, already.) — Jackie


  1. Yes, that’s a photo of two of our rhubarb plants. Lots of manure is the key! I’m glad you didn’t get tornadoes but boy I feel bad for you getting so much rain. Whew! Hang in there gal.

  2. Phew, what a lot you have planted. I have 75 tomatoes planted, the chippewa bear island corn came up spectacularly, 1/2 acre sweet corn planted -open pollinated you’ve been kissed. All potatoes are up. In our area many of the farms are not planted due to rain. I “mudded” in the tomatoes and they are doing fine. A lot of what I planted was early before the onslaught of rain. I was wondering how you get internet at your location? Mine is by satellite. Wonderful that summer is here but more trees went down with the storms and need to be cut up-a good/bad problem. My Dakota tears onion seeds did only so so but I will get some. Take care

    • We’re still planting and planting! We get our internet via Hughes Net satellite. It’s a bit slow but it gets the job done.

  3. Been about two weeks since the last frost . Everything is still in the greenhouse so I hope its OK to plant. Crazy weather but now we have to contend with thunderstorms and hail !!
    Such is life !!

    • We had 27 degrees F a little over a week ago and 97 degrees two days ago. That IS crazy!!!

  4. Wow Miss Jackie, Please comment on picture #2 where you had planted corn. That looks like a pair of GIGANTIC rhubarb plants. and the front one appears to be coming into bloom. If I am correct….. let us know, because i would like seed from that beauty!!! Rick Riley in PA

    • Howdy Rick! Yep, that’s our giant Victoria Homestead rhubarb. I think it got so big due to lots of rotted manure. And, yes, we do offer seed as it is so unique. AND tasty!!!

  5. Is that one picture of your rhubarb plant? If it is, it looks like it is thriving. Had to replant squash and cucumbers in my raised beds due to all the rain we got here in Oklahoma this spring. The tornados missed us but we can’t get the rain to stop. My peas ate just about done for the year already. Still love to garden though. Try to get some rest as your canning season will start soon enough. Best to all of you.

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