Today was the type of pre-Spring day that beckons you to the outdoors and tempts you to start planting. We tried to hold out on much planting, knowing that weather is unpredictable but the favorable 10-day weather forecast on weather.com caused us to give in.
We uncovered all of the covered boxes so they could bask in the sunshine today and gave everything a good, long drink. We cleared out the mustard plants that obviously weren’t going to make it. Three of the Southern Giant Curled Mustard had put out new growth with the better weather we’ve had lately so they received a reprieve from being ripped out. In the box, we planted Chinese Mustard Greens from http://nycgardening.blogspot.com/, two types of kale from http://cordarogarden.blogspot.com/, and more Southern Giant Curled Mustard.
Three spinach plants survived the over-wintering so we planted a few more Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach to hopefully have a few more plants. We also planted French Heirloom Breakfast radishes from http://nycgardening.blogspot.com/ in this box.
One of our boxes had become overrun with a creeping weed so we pulled out the weeds, trying not to damage the carrots that had been overrun. Since relatively few carrots were able to out-compete the weed, we planted Shin Kuroda Carrot seeds from http://sweetpeahill.blogspot.com/ here and some butter crunch lettuce seeds.
Our over-wintered leaf lettuces and mache are doing pretty well. We cleared away the leaves from around the plants to help everything breathe a bit more. Hopefully the leaves weren’t an integral part of the lettuce’s survival!
Various over-wintered brassica seem to have made it. We’ll see if they actually produce anything. Of these plants, the broccoli seem the least likely to produce something, but time will tell. Over-wintered brassicas include brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and one cabbage that survived the voles. We also started more cabbages indoors this week.
The over-wintered kales are doing well enough that we could have harvested some this week, but we put together the week’s menu on Friday (for Saturday shopping) and didn’t realize they were chuggin’ away under the row cover as well as they are. We know we have harvestable carrots as well, but they’re not part of this week’s menu either. We’ve been eating a lot of our canned foods from last year’s harvests (tomato sauce, green beans, haricots vert), another butternut squash this week, and the frozen pesto has made an appearance in several lunches lately.
Waiting for Spring with excited anticipation!