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.


Farmgirl Susan said...

Your purple broccoli is beautiful! :)

Mao Mao Kitty said...

Thank you! It tastes great too - definitely more broccoli flavor than what I can get in the store here.