Touring other’s gardens online, we see that we’re woefully behind in our own. We’ve flats of seedlings to get into the garden, while the overwintered plants have yet to be pulled up. Several weeks ago, we’d harvested what we thought would be the last of the remaining chard and kales. Other obligations prevailed, and we haven’t been tending to the garden since then. Our procrastination gave the stripped plants a chance to recover, and a bonus harvest of Fordhook chard (above) and kale (below) was the result.
Asparagus (above, right) continues to produce, we gather at least a handful several times a week, and the walking onions almost every day.
Carrot seedlings (above) under row cover, protection from cold as well as heat. Keeping them well-watered gives us a nice rate of germination.
And tatsoi seedlings (above), also under row cover. The flea beetles have been ferocious this year, leaving many of our spring greens and radishes decimated.
Peas (above, left) are getting established; the garlic bed (right) looking stressed from last week’s excessive heat.
We put in twice as many favas as last year. So far, the plants are looking as healthy as they’ve ever been.
We’ve just begun thinning the salad greens, and have been enjoying how tender and sweet spring lettuces can be.
After a busy week-end, the beds are cleaned and ready for the next wave of planting.
This week’s harvest: Overwintered chard and kale; asparagus; walking onions; baby salad greens.
Look at all those beautiful young plants emerging and growing! Those greens and asparagus look absolutely delicious. :D
Such a hopeful time of the season, isn’t it? We were so happy about what was coming up, we neglected to show the failures… ;)
Things are looking good. This was such a crazy spring I don’t think you will be much behind once you get the rest of the beds planted. Last year I had your same experience with wintered-over kale: I would clip it hard, planning to pull it out on my next visit and it would have bushed out again. It put off its demise until late summer when it finally bolted.
Thanks for sharing your experience with overwintered kale! We wouldn’t have pulled it up except for that we needed to rotate that particular space in the bed. A friend has suggested cutting it down to the ground in spring, which we’ll try next year.
After studying various blogs and gardening sites I think I can assert that I appear to be the only person in the whole world who is completely unable to grow peas. Your seedlings look fab. Mine not so much….
… but you can grow finger limes, go figure. I’m wondering if it’s too warm during your usual growing season, have you tried planting them in winter?
I keep looking at the calendar and feel I am so behind in getting the garden in. However, Mother Nature has not cooperated with my schedule this year. Now I am hoping to get things transplanted before next weekends rain.
I know, the whole year has felt like that — Easter came a week too early, then Memorial day also. The other benefit of procrastinating is that our seedlings weren’t subjected to the brutal heat we had, nor to the the dip into the 40’s we’re having this week…
look at these pretty young things … so nice to look at
There is definitely something cheerful about seedlings!