April 15 Weekly Update

…and the goat-footed balloon man whistles far and wee….

early spring harvest:

Pickings...

asparagus, sugar snap peas, swiss chard, 1 potato we missed last year, 1 large celery plant, radishes, cauliflower, 3 cabbages (one fairly large), lots of lettuce, sage, dill, tarragon, oregano, thyme, cilantro, parsley

Spring veggies

Sugar snaps

When we returned from our vacation we had to up-pot numerous seedlings growing in the basement, including some that had already been up-potted in the past month. This resulted in not having enough shelf room, causing us to trek outdoors every morning with trays, then bringing them back in at night. Note to self: consider starting seeds a little later next year, like…2 weeks maybe.  Unfortunately, we managed to break our best-looking tomatillo plant doing this. It shows signs of branching below the break, we couldn’t bear to pull it up, so we’ll plant it and see what happens.

Celery

Lettuces

So while we should have waited another week, we’ve been hardening plants off and planting them, including tomatillos and squash and celery. It behooves us to put the squash out asap because of their relatively short season due to SVBs.

We had to rework our planting plan some as it is evident some plants won’t be “done” by the time we need to plant out summer crops. We have to do this every year, no amount of planning accounts for reality.

On Saturday we slaved away. We put up trellises for the tomatillo / tomato box, and planted the tomatillos. We planted them towards one long side of the box, so we have room for a row of celery on the other side, re-planted overwintered celery from 3 other boxes. We also transplanted out the 2 celery starts that had been in the basement.We transplanted out 8 summer squash plants — 3 yellow straightneck and 5 patty pans. One of the yellow squash plants had already set a female flower! It’s pretty unusual for one of the first flowers to be female. Hopefully we’ll get lots of squash before the SVBs get to the plants.

We seeded one square box with butter beans, and 1/3rd of a long box with old dutch half-runners. We transplanted the horseradish from a large container to the “herb box”. We had already moved our permanent rosemary bush there last fall (thankfully it survived the transfer). Then we bought a french tarragon seedling at the farmer’s market and planted that. Apparently you cannot grow french tarragon from seed, and we’re hoping it will have better flavor than our russian tarragon.  More dill, sage, and english thyme went into this box as well.

We researched support systems for raspberries and bought some metal posts and some covered 14 gauge wire. We also bought supplies to make a new permanent 2-bin composting set up: 4′ high vinyl fencing and some more metal posts. Expect pictures in the future.

Planted 1.67 boxes of haricot vert, and a few basil plants (we’re planting significantly less basil this year as we still have a large supply of frozen pesto hockey pucks from last year).

The onions, garlic, and potatoes are looking great; the potatoes doubled in size this week. Also the peas are really taking off, and the shelling peas have started setting some pods.

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11 Responses to “April 15 Weekly Update”

  1. kitsapfg Says:

    What a great varied harvest this week. The cauliflower in particular is beautiful. My sugar snap peas are little 2 inch plants just getting started so we are along ways away from harvests of them yet. I really love them though and am anxious for them to get a move on so I can have a pile of them to eat too!

    You are been very busy with planting and up potting. I will enjoy seeing your new compost bin set up. I need to redo/rethink my bins this year. The wire bins I am using are falling apart after 7 years of abuse and use.

  2. maryhysong Says:

    wow you have some great harvests there/ my cauliflowers were a bust and the broccoli was very small. Well there is always next year!

  3. Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) Says:

    What a diverse harvest! Nice! I, too, am waiting for my snap peas to grow up a bit 🙂 Enjoy!!!

  4. Barbie Says:

    Lovely- sound like your garden is really starting to take shape. Can’t wait to see the pictures! Hope your tomatillo makes it. THey are incrediblly hardy, I bet it does.

  5. Daphne Says:

    You have been busy. It looks like your garden is about a month or so ahead of mine. I just can’t wait for peas.

  6. Julie Says:

    Nice harvest! I notice you are in NC and I’m very jealous of that beautiful cauliflower. What variety did you plant and when?

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      This is the first “real” cauliflower we’ve managed to grow in 4 years of trying. In past years, we’ve gotten very small heads or nothing at all. Our climate isn’t well-suited to cauliflower. But with the mild winter we had, the over-wintered cauliflower made a head! We planted both “All the Year Round” and “Early Snowball” last Fall (hoping they’d make heads in the Fall, which, of course, they didn’t).

  7. pooks Says:

    I took a chance and put some things in early because of the weird weather and managed to dodge the bullet. Good luck with yours! I’m lusting after your peas and cauliflower!

  8. Norma Chang Says:

    Quite a harvest, crunchy and delicious looking peas.

  9. Andrea Says:

    Great harvest! I’m a little jealous of that cauliflower too looks wonderful how do you plan to enjoy it?

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      We’ll have to enjoy it as a memory, because it was steamed and consumed pretty quick after it had been picked. Cauliflower around here is steamed, roasted, or on rare occasions served in a potato-onion-cauliflower curry.

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