Am gradually retiring my window boxes and containers for the summer as my garden is finally producing and the harvests are very promising.
Planting only Peppermint Swiss Chard this season, love the color of the stems, so pretty and cheerful in the garden. May do a fall planting of other varieties but that depends on space, time and energy.
Below, first Swiss Chard harvest.
The above is only a portion of the chard harvest, all will be going into the freezer for winter enjoyment.
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Rain combined with cool weather made the snow peas very happy.
Looking forward to a good snow peas harvest.
Below is the first Happy Rich Broccoli harvest from the garden, also first snow peas harvest and a pitiful few strawberries.
Both Happy Rich Broccoli and Snow Peas will be going into the freezer also.
Critters got to the strawberries (the larger and better looking ones of course) before I did.
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Collard and Kale plants are healthy and looking really good, but had to reset all the plants as they were leaning due to the heavy rain (oops, forgot to take before and after photos of the plants).
First harvest of Collard and Kale from the garden they too are destined for the freezer.
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First harvest of garlic scape. More will be ready for harvest this week so all the ones below were gifted to a friend who is not a gardener.
To learn about garlic scape, this wonderfully delicious but short season spring treat, click here.
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Pulling most of the lettuces from the sweet potatoes bed to give the sweet potato vines room to wander.
The taste and texture of lettuce eaten within a day or 2 of harvest are just out-of-this- world so shared the harvest with non-gardening friends.
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Celeriac plants are properly spaced but needed to weed and to hill soil over the root shoulders to keep them covered also top dressed with well rotted manure.
Parsnips plants needed thinning. According to the package, the germination rate is 74%, to avoid empty spaces I sowed the seeds thickly and, of course, because I over sowed all the seeds germinated. Well, better to thin than having large gaps between plants.
Parsnips are slow to germinate so I planted a row of red sail lettuce seedlings along the row of parsnip seeds (I sometimes sow radishes). Pulling the lettuces this week they are starting to crowd the parsnips.
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We finally got a good amount of rain and both the vegetable garden and the flower garden are looking good. All the plants and shrubs are growing by leaps and bounds and so are the weeds, or I should say especially the weeds, they are popping up everywhere.
This week I am going to focus on getting all the gardens in order and hopefully have time and energy left to thin the Asian Pears and complete the pruning of the winter damaged shrubs and trees (I am way behind schedule). As a result, I will be MIA from Harvest Monday for a while hopefully for a week or 2 only.
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