Thursday, 28 April 2011

Gardening Update

In spite of all the rain this week we have been able to get out into the garden and get some work done, now that the soil has warmed up enough that our hands don't turn to ice after 5 minutes of weeding. Mr. Ferdzy got the trellising up for the peas and beans, and I have weeded a number of beds. When I say weeded, I mean taken a shovel and dug out the up to a foot of encroaching twitchgrass all around. Snow peas have been planted.

Our lettuce planted last fall under the hoophouses has gotten big enough to pick, and mild and tender enough to eat, so we've been having some salads lately. Spinach, too. Love the early spring spinach - fall planting rules!

Rhubarb is coming up! Another week or two, depending on the weather, and we'll be able to pick some.

Our so-called lawn is full of little purple violets.

Inside, the tomatoes are lank and weedy, but seem reasonably healthy.

Peppers and eggplants vary from quite a good size to barely sprouted, but generally seem healthy.

There are a few pots of peppers and eggplants still waiting to sprout, but the unsprouted section gets smaller every day.

Last night we planted all the squash, zucchini, melons and cucumbers. Today it's back out to the garden, weather permitting to try to get some root vegetables planted and some chard and other greens transplanted or planted. We feel like we are really behind, because it's been such a cold spring. In spite of how nice it was yesterday, it's still pretty cold so we are probably not so far behind as we think. Anyway, that's it, as I am being dragged away to work...

1 comment:

Jerry said...

Good heaven, Ferdzy! Didn’t you mean to say “Farming Update”? This is not a garden! Looking at all the plants it looks like a decent sized family farm. That’s a lot of work. I hope you use a rototiller, it is way too much land for a spade.
The greens look great! Last November I planted bunching onions in my cold frame and I’m harvesting them already. This fall I’ll try the lettuce. Thanks for the tip.