Weekly Garden Update: 4/10
It was the week of bolting. The over-wintered cabbage and Brussels sprouts plants bolted along with the mizuna and mache. The cabbage and brussels sprouts were disappointing because the plants looked so healthy. We ended up just cutting the leaves, a nibble of which proved pretty tasty, so we’ll use them in Suan la Chow Show (a Chinese dumpling dish with cabbage and pork) later this week (N.B.: If anyone has Mary Chung’s recipe for either the dumplings or her sauce, please please email us. I can make some pretty good imitations, because I have a recipe imitation back from when it was made at Colleens, but I can’t match her).
Some internet research revealed that these two plants aren’t good candidates for over-wintering in our region as they tend to bolt once warm temperatures arrive if they’ve been exposed to sub-freezing temperatures for a length of time. Live and learn. Of course, when we planted them last Fall, we had hoped they would produce by the time really cold temps arrived. But Fall 2010 was short – summer lasted forever and snow came in early December (somewhat early for us). True Spring and Fall crops tend to be hit and miss around here.
We harvested the rest of the mizuna and mache and some more of the various lettuces this week. We also harvested the rest of the over-wintered Lacinato kale, some of the over-wintered mustard, and some of the over-wintered Red Russian kale (which is also bolting some). We have more of these plants growing, which we direct sowed in mid-February, but the seedlings probably need another month before they’re harvestable (if they don’t succumb to potentially too-high temps by then).
The potatoes are leaping up to worship the sun god! It’s amazing how much they’ve grown in the past week from little nubbins barely poking up to actual plants.
This weekend we also potted up some of the peppers and tomatoes growing in the basement. We also started to harden off the celery which we intend to plant out next weekend. We hope that low temperatures will be forecast to be high enough soon so we can transplant out the summer squash seedlings. They are now at the size at which we intended to plant them out but there are still some lows forecast in the upper 40s this week so we want to wait until lows are always in the 50s.
Peas, garlic, and the other brassica are motoring along.
Lastly, we finished the asparagus bed and planted the asparagus. Hopefully we’ll be in asparagus for years to come!
How is your garden growing?