Weekly Garden Update: 4/10

Weekly Garden Update:  4/10





It was the week of bolting.  The over-wintered cabbage and Brussels sprouts plants bolted along with the mizuna and mache.  The cabbage and brussels sprouts were disappointing because the plants looked so healthy.  We ended up just cutting the leaves, a nibble of which proved pretty tasty, so we’ll use them in Suan la Chow Show (a Chinese dumpling dish with cabbage and pork) later this week (N.B.:  If anyone has Mary Chung’s recipe for either the dumplings or her sauce, please please email us.  I can make some pretty good imitations, because I have a recipe imitation back from when it was made at Colleens, but I can’t match her).


Help meeee, I'm boltinggggg



Some internet research revealed that these two plants aren’t good candidates for over-wintering in our region as they tend to bolt once warm temperatures arrive if they’ve been exposed to sub-freezing temperatures for a length of time.  Live and learn.  Of course, when we planted them last Fall, we had hoped they would produce by the time really cold temps arrived.  But Fall 2010 was short – summer lasted forever and snow came in early December (somewhat early for us).  True Spring and Fall crops tend to be hit and miss around here.



And more....

And more harvest


We harvested the rest of the mizuna and mache and some more of the various lettuces this week.  We also harvested the rest of the over-wintered Lacinato kale, some of the over-wintered mustard, and some of the over-wintered Red Russian kale (which is also bolting some).  We have more of these plants growing, which we direct sowed in mid-February, but the seedlings probably need another month before they’re harvestable (if they don’t succumb to potentially too-high temps by then).




The potatoes are leaping up to worship the sun god!  It’s amazing how much they’ve grown in the past week from little nubbins barely poking up to actual plants.


This weekend we also potted up some of the peppers and tomatoes growing in the basement.  We also started to harden off the celery which we intend to plant out next weekend.  We hope that low temperatures will be forecast to be high enough soon so we can transplant out the summer squash seedlings.  They are now at the size at which we intended to plant them out but there are still some lows forecast in the upper 40s this week so we want to wait until lows are always in the 50s.


Peas Peas!

Broccoli & Cauliflower




Peas, garlic, and the other brassica are motoring along.


New Asparagus Bed with 31 Planted Crowns


Lastly, we finished the asparagus bed and planted the asparagus.  Hopefully we’ll be in asparagus for years to come!



Apple Trees

Blueberry Bells


How is your garden growing?



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8 Responses to “Weekly Garden Update: 4/10”

  1. kitsapFG Says:

    I have several pac choi plants that are bolting – too much cold in late February and early March and it stressed the plants into bolting. Luckily, many of the plants put out at the same time seem to be holding their own and I have other later plantings come along behind. Meanwhile the bolting plants have made a few nice treats for my flock of hens. 😀

    Your peas look fabulous and the entire garden seems to be coming along nicely.

  2. Emily Says:

    Your garden looks great! My garden is just melted out of the snow and so I’m still waiting to see which of the things that overwintered will rebound and give us an early spring harvest.

  3. Mike Says:

    Your peas are looking great. Looks like you have been having quite the nice harvest.

  4. Barbie Says:

    My peas will be culled before yours bloom. My blue berries will be gone while yours will be setting. That is so amazing to me. I will be jealous of them soon! Looks great! All our cool season stuff is heading for the sky and starting to blot or wither.

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  6. Kathi Says:

    Your garden is amazing! Even the bolting plants still look great. I’m really jealous of the harvest and of the peas. I just got mine planted.

  7. Daphne Gould Says:

    You are so much farther along than I am. I won’t even seed the cukes for couple more weeks. I never wait for 50s at night for the squash. I might have to wait until July for that some years. The plants just have to survive our cold temps. I was hoping to plant potatoes, but the garden center doesn’t have them in yet. They are thinking in a week or two, which is too bad since I’d like to chit them before planting.

  8. Robin Says:

    Your garden looks great! We had such cold weather here that it took two weeks for my peas to pop through the soil here at the house! Too bad about the bolting veggies. It looks like you have lots of other good veggies to eat though! Wouldn’t you just love one year where everything would grow just perfect??? A Gardeners Dream 🙂

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