Gardens across Chicago are off to a late start because of the rough winter and cold spring. Ginkgo is in the same boat. By now the garden should have 5-6 inch pea sprouts, should be harvesting radishes, should be ready for transplants this weekend, and every bed should be seeded. Instead, we have just a few rows of radishes, potato and sweet potato starts, and the start of a lettuce crop. We will be transplanting this weekend, but our crops will be chilly. We have some major catching up to do and we can use every hand that we can get to transplant and seed beds.
The big show of course was the exhumation of our fig trees. Normally, we would do this around Easter, but sudden random snow flurries through April made us nervous about taking them up too early.