5.14.12 Garden greens

Overwintered kales — Lacinato flowering between the Siberian and Red Russian kales.

Favas — the Cascine are proving better at germinating than the Aguadulce. 

With overnight temperatures still dipping into the 40’s, tender greens remain in cold frames (clockwise from upper left): Red Russian kale, Siberian kale, rainbow chard, rocket, ice arugula, HMS gourmet lettuce mix (2 rows), and Fedco winter lettuce mix.

Also (clockwise from upper left): Franchi misticanza, Catalogna emerald endive, spring raab (cime di rapa), quarantina cime di rapa, Valentine’s Day radish mix.

Garden thinnings for the first salad of the season.

Watching grass grow — Duborskian rice seedlings, around 50% germination rate.

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14 Responses to 5.14.12 Garden greens

  1. Amber says:

    It all looks amazing! So neat too. Which Rabe do you like the best? Need to get new seeds for next season. Had some old ones that didn’t really germinate this year. Fedco winter mix seems good too. did you plant these in the fall as well to overwinter? Looking for new lettuce varieties:) I have never ordered from there. Are those all favorites of yours?

    • leduesorelle says:

      Haven’t decided on the Rabe yet, these are all trials. Most are meant to be a fall crop, but we’re testing to see if we can take advantage of our long, cold springs and squeeze in a crop before they bolt. We don’t overwinter the Fedco winter mesclun mix, but it did last until the end of December. GIven your location and set-up, you might be able to overwinter it. In general, we’re still trying out different lettuce/mesclun mixes. I just came home with two packets from Botanical Interests, an impulse buy. Franchi’s Misticanza Quattro Stagioni might make the most sense for our limited space…

  2. maryhysong says:

    wonderful start to the season! Rice seedlings? Oh do tell, are they dryland or wetland kind? New experiment or something you’ve done before?

    • leduesorelle says:

      The rice is a dryland variety, a complete experiment! We’d planned on trying a wetland variety grown in a bucket, but found this dryland one through Fedco.

  3. Norma Chang says:

    I looking forward to your future rice growing reports. Your garden looks wonderful.

  4. pooks says:

    I’m so glad you posted pics of your baby rice! I can’t wait to see what happens with it!

  5. Liz says:

    I noticed today that my broad beans are germinating too- very exciting I do enjoy watching them unfurl.

    • leduesorelle says:

      The first time we came upon favas growing was in a community garden in San Francisco, almost every plot had some. They’re beautiful plants, but a challenge to keep the aphids off of…

  6. kitsapfg says:

    The young greens look so tender and delicious! Is that a dryland rice? I have toyed with trying to grow some (just for fun!).

    • leduesorelle says:

      After having greens all winter that are more suited to cooking, the spring crop of lettuces are certainly a treat! We fortunately found this dryland rice, since the wetland variety was probably going to be harder to source… and are definitely doing it just for fun!

  7. Susi says:

    Your garden is amazing.! We just started a vegetable garden for the first time. We don’t know what to expect but so far so good.

    • leduesorelle says:

      Hi Susi, thanks for the compliment and for dropping by! We’ve been vegetable gardening for only a few years, and never know what to expect either! Each year’s different, challenging and fun. Looks like you got a great start on your own garden!

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