21 April Weekly Update

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Cauliflower Achieved!!!

Perhaps it’s the month of achievements with asparagus finally coming up last week and our second ever no-doubt-about-it bona fide head of cauliflower!  This is *by far* the largest head of cauliflower we’ve managed to grow in the five years we’ve been earnestly trying.  It was quite tasty.

Cauliflower, Cilantro, and Parsley

Cauliflower, Cilantro, and Parsley

Other harvests this week were lettuce, cilantro, parsley, beets that weren’t ready but we needed the box for tomatoes (the beets in the picture went into the juicer whole), kale, mustard, two very small potatoes and several small carrots found while working boxes, four small radishes for salads, and a little bit of asparagus.  We would have had more asparagus but Ms. Foodgardenkitchen was out of town most of the week and Mr. Foodgardenkitchen was fuzzy on the ins-and-outs of when to cut the asparagus and he let them go far too long, thinking they would get thicker.  Once an asparagus spear comes up, it doesn’t get thicker with time, it just goes to fern if you don’t cut it early enough.  Once it starts to fern, you’ve waited too long.  We have quite a few ferned out spears in the asparagus box…

Beets, beet greens, and 2 found potatoes

Beets, beet greens, and 2 found potatoes

First Asparagus

First Asparagus

cilantro, Radishes & Carrots

cilantro, Radishes & Carrots

Kales & Mustards for Juicing

Kales & Mustards for Juicing

Cilantro for Juicing

Cilantro for Juicing

Lettuces

Lettuces

I was away for 5 days and it was absolutely amazing how much growth happened in all of the various plants we have in the garden in only 5 days.  It’s interesting how you don’t notice how much growth can occur in just a few days if you’re looking at the plants every day.

On Thursday we planted the tomato, tomatillo, and cucumbers that had been hardening off for the past few days.  We also started hardening off the starts in the basement that were ready for this next step of the process – some summer squash and more cucumber starts.  We’ve gotten very poor germination on the various winter squash we started inside.  At this point, we’re just going to try direct seeding but I don’t know what the problem is.  Ditto on zucchini germination success – zero out of 8 tries (with brand new seeds).  For some reason, we have a hard time getting zucchini to grow but yellow squash (and patty pans) aren’t a problem.

Tomatillos Planted Out - One has already bloomed

Tomatillos Planted Out – One has already bloomed

Transplanted Paste Tomatoes

Transplanted Paste Tomatoes

Slicing Tomatoes Planted

Slicing Tomatoes Planted

Oregano

Oregano

Overwintered Leeks - Ready for Harvest

Overwintered Leeks – Ready for Harvest

First Pea Flowers

First Pea Flowers

Cucumbers Transplanted

Cucumbers Transplanted

Carrots - No squinting this time

Carrots – No squinting this time

Broccoli & Peas

Broccoli & Peas

Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Sugar Snap Peas

Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Sugar Snap Peas

Bolted Cilantro & 3 Transplanted tomatillos

Bolted Cilantro & 3 Transplanted tomatillos

On Saturday we seeded an area of lima beans (2/3 of a box; paste tomatoes are in the other 1/3), a full box of haricot vert, a trellis-wide row of Old Dutch Half Runner beans, and 4 butternut squash seeds (we have 2 butternut squash starts in the basement which we’ll begin hardening off soon; we’re trying for 6 plants).  And on Sunday we started various melon seeds in the basement – hopefully we’ll have some success with these!

First Iris

First Iris

Apple Tree in Bloom

Apple Tree in Bloom

 

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6 Responses to “21 April Weekly Update”

  1. myfoodandflowers Says:

    Nice! This year I am growing some vegetables in planters. There are some seedlings indoor by windows already growing flower buds! Can’t wait to plant them when weather is warm!

  2. Robin Says:

    Congrats on such a wonderful head of cauliflower!! It will be a couple of weeks before I can even plant mine out. Old Man Winter is still trying to hold on here!

  3. Norma Chang Says:

    A lot going on in your garden. You are so far ahead of us. Congrats on your cauliflower and asparagus.

  4. kitsapfg Says:

    The cauliflower is a beauty. Have you figured out what you did this time around that resulted in such a bigger head (more success)? I totally know what you mean about the growth in five days syndrome… it’s amazing and not noticed when we see it occurring gradually over time.

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      I think it was just favorable cauliflower-growing weather. A fairly mild winter coupled with a long, cool Spring. The other two over-wintered cauliflower have also formed heads! It could also be that our soil is balancing out better but since we also got a lot of broccoli (for us) this past season, I’m more inclined to think the success was weather-related.

  5. Barbie Says:

    WooHoo!!! Congrats on your cauliflower. I know it’s hard to get a good head of that. I’ve got one that will be on my tally next week, too. 🙂 Your garden is really taking off now!

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