April 7 Weekly Update


Beets after the vole attack

Those dang voles!  They got almost every beet that was starting to size up and a few other things here and there – like eating the roots off of one of our last remaining heads of lettuce.  It had wilted by the time I figured out what happened so it went into the compost pile.  Warfarin was dumped into various vole holes in an attempt to poison the little turds while hopefully not poisoning other animals.

Fuzzy Cabbage

Fuzzy cabbage straight to flower

One of the overwintered cabbage plants went straight to flowering without even attempting to form a head so it was pulled up and the other plant that had formed a small but firm head was harvested.  (Sorry about the fuzzy pic – I discovered later the camera lens needed cleaning).  Also picked this week was parsley and cilantro which went into homemade hummus.


cilantro, cabbage, and parsley

By mid-week things were looking like they were picking up in the garden as temperatures began to slowly warm.  The snow peas in particular grew a few inches this week and the newest transplants (broccoli, kale, cabbage, etc.) have also sized up a noticeable amount in the past week.


Celery hardening off

The tomato, tomatillo, and celery seedlings in the basement are looking quite good!  As a matter of fact, we started hardening off the largest celery plants late in the week and planted them out on Sunday as the forecasted temperatures are looking very favorable.  I’m not willing to take a chance with the tomato and tomatillo seedlings though – they’re not as hardy as celery.  We also up-potted the eggplant seedlings on Sunday.

Unfortunately, the pepper seedlings aren’t looking as great.  They just don’t look very strong and 4 or 5 have actually died after coming up (this is the first time that has happened to us – in past years, if the seed germinated, the plant survived); and it’s pretty much all the various varieties, not just one or two.  My best guess is that there is some sort of disease problem (likely damping off) since I noticed that the one 6-cell pot of “overflow peppers” that were in a tray with different plants is looking healthy in all 6 cells (2 different types of peppers).  So I decided to up-pot all of the peppers to get them out of potentially diseased soil, pots, or trays.   I also went ahead and started a few more pepper seeds in the hopes of getting the type and number of plants we want.

Other garden tasks tackled included general weeding, keeping the various outside germinating seeds moist (I usually water them every other day), and fertilizing the onion and garlic plants with fish emulsion.

Happy gardening!  It looks like Spring is finally here to stay for us.  And I’m *really* hoping to see some asparagus soon…

Overwintered Cauliflower

Will the overwintered cauliflower actually produce a head or just a lot of leaves?

Tomatoes & Tomatillos

Tomatoes & Tomatillos

Sad Peppers, with nice Eggplants

Sad Peppers, with nice Eggplants



Lettuces germinating

Lettuces germinating



First Potatoes

First potatoes breaking the ground!

Carrots Germinating - Ok, Look Closer

Carrots Germinating – Ok, Look Closer

Broccoli & Peas

Broccoli & Peas




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4 Responses to “April 7 Weekly Update”

  1. Barbie Says:

    I see how many cayenne peppers you are attempting, but i have to warn you. I grew ONE single plant and got enough peppers to stock my pantry for 3 years, plus have seeds for a millenium. (OK a light exageration, but a long time) My single plant got to be over 4 ‘ tall and 3’ wide. I had seedlings that kept reseeding all year the following 2 years as well. So be prepared! That is a voracious setting pepper. The ONLY pepper I’ve ever had any real luck with. LOL.

  2. Barbie Says:

    Wait, no it was the tabasco pepper… We did all right with cayenne, but the tabasco pepper was the one that went ballistic. LOL.

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      Both of these are among the types of peppers we grow and both are prolific (it seems like hot peppers produce many more peppers per plant than most types of sweet peppers). We use peppers a lot in our cooking and we dry our own hot varities to make our own chili powders plus sometimes make our own pepper vinegars, so we can go through quite a few peppers if we have them, LOL.

  3. Daphne Says:

    Sorry about your voles. I had them in my last garden, but they rarely ate my plants. I think they liked all the insects and worms in the garden.

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