Friday, April 19, 2013

First Harvest 2013

Last week I went ahead and planted seeds from last year's Pinetree order: carrots, beets, lettuce, radishes, and kale. It's been alternating between beautiful warm spring weather and rain here in Northern New Jersey, so ideal for seeds to take off. And some radishes are already up, as of yesterday.

And, the purple sprouting broccoli has finally lived up to its name. Yesterday I harvested a big bunch of purple florets and leaves and made a tasty broccoli slaw for dinner. It only took a year to get the florets. Now that the plants are huge, I'm expecting several more harvests before they're removed to make way for something else. Hopefully Josh won't grow tired of this broccoli bounty.

While the seeds are just getting started, the garlic I planted last fall is thriving. I'm hoping to have a dozen home grown garlic bulbs by late summer, early fall. It's amazing what can happen in the garden over the winter. Now if I could just get a cold frame I'd really be in business.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

New Pony

We put the blue one out to pasture and got ourselves a quick and agile orange girl.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wall of Lettuce

Kitchen Gardeners International sent this out yesterday. Wouldn't you like a wall of lettuce?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Flowers? Veggies? What to plant.

I never got around to my seed catalogs this year as we were so busy with the move. Now spring is definitely here and the garden is ready to go. I turned the soil last week, carefully avoiding the sprouting garlic and broccoli plants. Now it's time to think about what else to grow.

I'm tentatively thinking carrots from seed, lettuce from plants, and cutting flowers. Maybe more nasturtiums. I would also love to start some perennial flowers to transplant at the bay.

On our tiny balcony space I'll grow herbs and flowers. I might also do some hot peppers because they are so forgiving of neglect.