Weekly Garden Update 3/13

This week we harvested lettuce and kale.

 

Kale

Lettuce harvest

Lettuces & Mache

Lettuces

We got some extra top soil & compost mix to top off some of our boxes, as well as to fill the new boxes we’ll be making for the squash this year.  We figured out that last year that trellising squash just wasn’t for us.  We got good *plant*s two years a row doing that, but we only got good *squash* in those places where we didn’t trellis.  So this year we’re making multiple 2’ x 2’ boxes to put in other areas in the yard, with a nice 8-10 radius area around each one for them to spread out.

Compost & Top Soil (dirt)

 

 

Turning Over

We turned over several beds, burying the clover we planted last fall.  The soil mix we have is so easy to work that you can do it with your hands if you want to.  We put more stakes around some of the beds and then fenced them in.

Onion sets

Onion seedlings

 

We also planted leek seeds, 2 “volunteer” cauliflower or broccoli (probably from dropped seeds, but we’re not sure yet which they are).  We also planted out our onion seedlings.   Did we plant our short-day onions at the wrong time of the year?  We’re reading that we should have planted them in October for harvest in June.  Oh well, we’ll try these, and perhaps plant another crop in October and see what happens to those.  We also planted out our cabbage seedlings.

 

Carrots with new Growth

We are concerned about our pepper and tomato germinations this year.  The rate of germination is low and the seedlings seem weak compared to last year.  We don’t think we’re doing anything different.  We’ll probably reseed all these in the next couple of weeks.

Snow Peas

 

The figs, blueberries, and apples are all budding out.  I was particularly concerned about the smallest apple tree, which was hit hard by deer and other things last year, but it seems to be doing fine.

Kale new growth

 

Next week is potato planting time!  Our seed potatoes are starting to get covered in little green sprouts.

Tarragon

Garlic

Sage

 

The horseradish plants have started to come up again.  The sage never did quite die, and has new growth.  New tarragon plants are coming up amongst the dry sticks of last year.  I’m watching the dill to see if it reseeds itself, and we trimmed the lemongrass plants back in their annual pruning.

 

Sprouts

 

We’re sprouting sprouts.  The current mixture includes:  alfalfa, radish, mung, lentil, and broccoli.  And the sprouting is working better this time.  The last time we used the new cap and mason jar arrangement for the 1st time, and we had problems with mold developing (ugh).  So this time we tilted the jar for more surface area on the sprouts and better drainage, and didn’t cover it over, and it worked much better.

We ate the last butternut squash this week.  And we’re still working on our tomato sauce, our green beans, etc.

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8 Responses to “Weekly Garden Update 3/13”

  1. meemsnyc Says:

    i’m growing sprouts for the first time this week. It’s starting to grow, we’ll have to see if mold develops. Your lettuce harvest is just amazing! Wow!

  2. kitsapFG Says:

    Gorgeous harvest of lettuce and kale and everything looks healthy and thriving in the garden. We are running about two weeks behind our normal schedule here because of a series of heavy rain storms that have been just pummeling us for days now. Everything is absolutely soaked and cold as a result – so planting up of peas, potatoes, radishes and the first direct sown greens like spinach are being postponed. Guess I will have to just enjoy looking at yours in the meantime. 😀

  3. Diana Says:

    Wow, you have so many type of plants growing in your place. I am just getting ready for autumn planting.

  4. Emily Says:

    Your garden looks great as do those harvests of kale and greens.

  5. Robin Says:

    Your harvest and your gardens look great! It looks like you have been very very busy.

  6. Daphne Gould Says:

    Your harvest look great. I wish my kale had gotten big enough to harvest but I’m thinking at this point I’ll have to wait until father into spring.

  7. Barbie Says:

    Wow, I can’t imagine having to deal with the fencing each time. 😦 It does seem to work for you though. Look at how things have REALLY come along this month.

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      We don’t take down the fences each year. When we expanded the number of boxes last year, we decided not to put up the little fences around the new boxes (in order to delay the cash outlay) due to the crop types we were growing in them. With crop rotation this year, some of them need the little fences to discourage critters (and the dog) so we bought the fencing we needed.

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