Today is so beautiful outside, I’m taking advantage of the weather to do some much needed weeding. I thought I’d put up a quick update on my garden while I’m forced to be inside waiting for lunch to finish cooking.
I got a late start on many of my warm season plants, so they’re still in the greenhouse waiting for their second set of true leaves to grow before I transplant them into the garden. Most of what I have coming up now are cool weather crops.
Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach.
Direct sowed on 3/21- 6 weeks ago exactly. I planted these along the far left side of the bed, directly next to the peas. Spinach is a good companion plant for peas.
This year I planted Wando Garden Peas. I honestly can’t remember if I did both rows with this variety, or if I did one side with something else (I have so many packs of seeds to choose from!). A good reminder to write down what you plant and when- don’t rely on your memory! Also direct sowed on 3/21 (6 weeks ago exactly).
Three Heart Lettuce and Red Romaine. Also started exactly six weeks ago from seed. Looking good!
I interplanted Pink Beauty Radishes with St. Valery Carrots.
Radishes make good companion plants for carrots, as they ripen before the carrots are ready to harvest. When you pull up the radishes, they make a nice pocket for the carrots to fill in. These were direct sowed at the same time as everything else in this bed. I’m actually harvesting some of these radishes to go with our lunch today.
The potato beds are coming along. There are red and yellow potatoes in here. My neighbor gave me a big box of seed potatoes; I’m not sure what variety they are, but so far they’re growing beautifully! I mulched around them with leaves I gathered in the woods.
I planted several Maliner Kren Horseradish roots, which I think have all sprouted now. (Ordered from Burpee.) This is supposed to be an “excellent variety for making your own ground horseradish”.
I transplanted this Strawberry Spinach a couple of weeks ago. It isn’t really spinach, but the leaves resemble the flavor. It’ll have clusters of red, edible berries when it fully matures.
Here’s a closer look. I’ve never grown or eaten Strawberry Spinach before, so it’ll be fun to try.
The Sparkle strawberries are in full bloom. I planted them in the asparagus bed, since they’re both perennials. Not sure how well it’ll work out, but they transplant well so I can always move them again if need be.
Speaking of asparagus, this has been the first year we’ve been able to harvest from our plants. The only problem is, they’re coming up one or two spears at a time! It’s hard to make much of such slim pickings. As you might be able to tell from the photo, I’ve just kinda let them go if there isn’t enough to harvest at one time. I definitely need a bigger bed!
Here’s another one of my beds, which I’m out the door to weed in just a few minutes. In it (besides crazy amounts of weeds) are garlic, a couple of surviving broccoli plants, carrots, radishes, onions, and sugar beets.
More radishes and Red Dragon Carrots.
That’s pretty much all I have time to share right now. I’ll update more soon.
How is your garden coming along??
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.