Thursday, April 28, 2016

Frost

Yesterday morning we woke to a frosty landscape. Out of curiosity or perhaps just plain laziness, I decided to not cover the gardens the previous evening though the temperature was forecast to drop to 32 degrees F. When I reviewed the garden in the morning I had reason for concern. The parsley was definitely not happy and while the peas, lettuce and kale seemed in decent form, they were still covered with ice crystals. I was therefore happy to see when returning at lunch that everything had recovered very well.

I started more tomatoes and lettuce in micro-blocks and moved the sprouted basil under the lights. Parsley in the tray went out on the back porch this morning to make room for more micro-blocks under the lights.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Harvesting and sprouting

The spinach and beet seeds that I have been experimenting with starting in jars (like when making alfalfa sprouts) are just beginning to put out roots. I will have to get those in soil in the next 24 hours. Some of the seeds that were started in micro blocks April 20 emerged on Saturday (cauliflower, cabbage, poppy). On Sunday, I harvested the remainder of the kale from last year and most of the choi because it was beginning to bolt. That yielded about three gallons of kale leaves and the equivalent of two grocery store heads of chinese cabbage (choi). I also harvest a bunch of asparagus which was delicious steamed.

I am starting a spreadsheet to keep track of garden output this year and will be providing updates as the season progresses. So far, I have harvested the equivalent of 1 bunch of asparagus, 3 bunches of kale, 3 heads of leaf lettuce, and 2 heads of choi. I will be experimenting with making Ann Wigmore's sauerkraut with the choi and the stalks are also a great substitute for celery.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

More seed starting

The beet, kale, spinach and pea seedlings were transplanted into the garden yesterday.

I am getting adventurous with seed starting this year. Last night in micro-blocks I started three varieties of cabbage, cauliflower, sweet pepper, basil, marigolds, blue-bonnet, poppies, and lobelia. More beets and spinach were started in glass jars. The tomato and broccoli starts were moved to 2" blocks.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Transplanting

Last Wednesday, I did get the lettuce, tatsoi and kale planted outside. We have not had freezing temperatures since last Tuesday, just one sunny day after another. I expect to transplant the beets and spinach as well as more kale and peas this evening. I made a green smoothie this weekend with the young kale leaves from two of last year's kale. It is time to harvest more lettuce. Also available for harvest are choi, onions and garlic.