Spring 2016

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Tulips in Late March

We’ve been busy in the garden the past couple of months.  Harvesting, planting, weeding – it’s Spring!  Although the pea year was a bit if-fy, the two types that were most productive provided plenty of peas the past month.  Pea season is just about over and we plan on pulling up the plants in the next couple of days.  We had planned to do it today but it looks like it’s going to rain most of the day, so we may not be able to do it today.

In early April we pulled up the leeks that had been growing for more than a year and removed the last small square box that had been in our front yard.  We just don’t need as much growing space as we had made a few years ago.  We made a delicious potato-leek soup with the leeks.

We had a fairly significant hail storm in late April.  These are really uncommon in North Carolina – a once-a-decade event.  Many of our plants were damaged but most recovered.  We ended up losing just 3 or 4 plants; fortunately, nothing too critical (like a tomato plant!).  Here are a couple of pictures of the hail:

Since we started growing only hybrid cabbages, broccoli, and cauliflower a couple of years ago (after trying primarily for heirlooms for several years), we’ve gotten very reliable harvests of these crops and we have plenty of all of these veggies in the ‘fridge right now.

As is usual, lettuce has been abundant and we’ve shared plenty with friends and co-workers.  We’ve also harvested plenty of greens (kales, mustard, and turnip greens), radishes, and herbs such as parsley and cilantro.  We made tabouli twice with all of the volunteer parsley we cut a month or so ago.  It was delicious.  We got a fair amount of asparagus this year as well.

In the past week, we pulled up the yellow granex onions and they’re currently curing.  None of them are huge, but we’re content with the fairly uniform size this year – in the past, some of our onions have been really small and we’ve never gotten truly large ones.  But a bunch of medium ones add up to a decent amount of chopped onions, which we freeze and use as needed; we grow almost all of our own onion needs each year.   The tops of the other onion type we’re growing (Candy) haven’t fallen over yet, so they’ll take a bit longer.

We’re just a few days out from cutting our first zucchini of the year and cucumbers should also be ready for the first time by the end of the week!  The haricots verts (French green bean) plants have recently bloomed so fresh beans aren’t far off either.  As the early Spring crops come to an end, the early Summer stuff starts coming in.  It’s great to eat seasonally!  Our first green tomatoes made their appearances a couple of weeks ago so we may have an early tomato year this year.  We’ll see…

Here are some other pictures from the garden in the past couple of months.  Happy gardening until next time!

 

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6 Responses to “Spring 2016”

  1. nannygrannie Says:

    Holy beautiful

  2. Dave @ OurHappyAcres Says:

    I’m with you on the hybrid cabbage and broccoli. I’ve not had much luck with the heirlooms either. And it’s too bad about the hail storm. It’s a little more common here, and it sure can do a lot of damage to plants in a short period of time! You have my mouth watering at the though of tomatoes.

  3. Phuong Says:

    Your spring garden is doing amazing. Look at all that broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbages.

    You are weeks ahead of us even with summer crops, the rain really put us behind in planting.

  4. Mike R Says:

    My experience with cole crops has been the same – the newer F1 hybrids far outperform the older varieties. I even tried side by side comparisons of Early White Vienna kohlrabi with newer varieties and the newer ones made heads at least a week earlier with better quality. Amazing that your squash is almost ready, mine are just showing the cotyledons.

  5. Budding and Blooming Says:

    Your cole crops look amazing! I’m trying some heat tolerant hybrids this spring in hopes of getting better production. I can’t believe you almost have zucchini and cucumbers already and I’m in South Carolina! I guess I should plant earlier!

  6. Michelle Says:

    Most of the cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli that I grow these days are F1, they do seem to be more reliable than a lot of the heirloom or OP varieties. Interesting that you have too much garden space, that’s not the usual gardeners lament!

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