Thursday, March 24, 2011
What's Sprouting in the Garden
A few weeks ago (on my birthday, actually!) I decided it had warmed up enough to plant my spring seeds - mostly greens and a few other things, and I am happy to report that nearly everything has come up. Shown above are the radish sprouts, which were in need of thinning in this photo but I thinned them out a bit today. I don't actually really like radishes, but Lawson loves them so I always plant some for him. He didn't realize that I had planted any this time until the other day I mentioned it and he lit up with excitement. While I am the main gardener in the household he gets very excited about having fresh vegetables and really appreciates the effort that goes into the garden.
I planted several of my self-watering containers full of lettuce mixes, which I usually grow as cut and come again. I planted them fairly thickly and will definitely need to thin them out too.
I planted a number of containers of sugar snap peas (I believe they are the Sugar Ann variety); last fall I grew these with just a stake to support each one since the seed catalog said they were self-supporting, and they grew all over the place, so this year I planted them around the base of some tomato cages. I also only planted a few plants last fall since my garden was so full then, and didn't really get much out of them - I am hoping with 10-15 plants I will get a more meaningful yield.
I planted a bed of arugula, which is one of my favorite greens to grow since it is so fast and easy to grow. Again, this will definitely need to be thinned although I may wait just a bit so that I can add the thinnings to salad.
I also still have a number of things growing that overwintered from the fall, as I mentioned before... the kales in the photo above are purple so they are a bit hard to see, but I am hoping they will grow bigger before it gets warm (and the cabbage worms return, grr).
I had this pot of spinach too, although I actually cut off all the larger leaves to use in tonight's dinner, which was great since it worked out to just the amount the recipe called for... I love it when the food growing in the garden comes in handy like that, like a strategic vegetable reserve! Now I just have to bide my time (and do a little thinning) until the spring plantings get to be a more edible size.
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