14 April Weekly Update

Asparagus Achieved!!! 

Asparagus

Asparagus

When we went out to the garden Wednesday after work (after having to skip Tuesday due to work commitments), 3 small spindles of asparagus were about 4 inches tall.  We breathed a sigh of relief.  “Kitsap” at Modern Victory Garden was likely correct in her supposition that the soil just hadn’t warmed up consistently enough yet when I was expressing concern a couple of weeks ago.  The soil is definitely warming up now.  By mid-week, temperatures were consistently in the lower- to mid-80s during the day.  As often happens in North Carolina, it seems like we went from winter to summer in one week.  This is why certain spring crops can be difficult to grow here – it heats up too quickly for plants that need a longer cool period.

Kales, mustard, beet greens

Kales, mustard, beet greens

We harvested twice this week.  The first time we cut some kale and cilantro which we used with our new contraption – a juicer!  We’re going to be drinking more of our veggies more often.  The second cutting was more kale and cilantro along with some beet greens and mustards.

Kale & cilantro

Kale & cilantro

Plants are officially bursting forth from the soil.  Potatoes, peas, lettuce, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, raspberries, greens, onions, garlic, and various herbs are all putting energy into growing.  The overwintered Red Winter kale is bolting in the heat, plus it’s just at the end of its life-cycle.  We dug around in all the leaves of one of the overwintered cauliflower plants and discovered it is forming a beautiful, white head!  It’s about four inches across already.  This is very exciting as cauliflower has been one of our nemeses (I had to go look up the plural of nemesis!).  Hopefully the other two surviving plants are forming heads as well.

Snow peas being trained

Snow peas being trained

Spring planted mustard and kale

Spring planted mustard and kale

Potatoes in front yard box

Potatoes in front yard box

 

Raspberries leafing out

Raspberries leafing out

Bolted Kale

Bolted Kale

Fig tree leaves!

Fig tree leaves!

Blueberries leafing out with our geriatric dog behind

Blueberries leafing out with our geriatric dog behind

We started hardening off the tomatoes, tomatillos, and some of the cucumbers on Friday.  They’ll get planted out later in the week.  I’m waiting on the remainder of the cucumber starts to get a bit larger before putting them out – they were the Round 2 batch after I didn’t have the best germination on Round 1.  Fortunately, the many peppers that we up-potted recently are looking much happier in their new digs.  I have hope they’ll all survive now!

 

Tulips!

Tulips!

Apple Tree Leafing

Apple Tree Leafing

 

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2 Responses to “14 April Weekly Update”

  1. Norma Chang Says:

    Your plants and garden are all coming along nicely. How lovely to see asparagus spears finally, I am sure there will be much more in the coming days.

  2. Lisa and Robb Says:

    Wow! You’ve got a huge amount of space for your beautiful ambitious garden. I’m an urban gardener, with a tiny tiny plot.

    I have to remember to find a spot in my wee garden for asparagus.

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