Lots of flowers on the strawberry plants, should have an excellent harvest IF I get to the ripe berries before the birds.
First spinach harvest, weight 1 pound. These are the thinnings, actually they were pretty good size baby spinach, grew overnight after the rain. Shared part of the harvest with a neighbour, made soup with the remainder, was tender and delicious.
Harvested ¾ pound of the volunteer giant red mustard and 4 stalks of garlic green. Made a stir-fry (added a few slices of ginger), garnished with toasted nuts and dried cranberries.
Also havested some onions, weight ¾ pound. These were the misses from last fall’s harvest, not sure about the varieties they were flowering and I do need the garden space so dug them up. Think I will toss them with a bit of oil and roast them, sometime this week.
Also brought in a few ounces of kale and collard florets from overwintering plants.
Bought a roll of newsprint paper remnants from Southern Dutchess News (a local newspaper company), very inexpensive. Using it to cover the vegetable beds (4 layers) this will cut down on weeds. Placed branches on top then wet down to keep the paper in place.
Transplanted Brussels sprouts (Long Island improved), broccoli (premium crop from the local nursery), and Swiss chard (Fordhook giant, golden and rhubarb red). Placed 2 toothpicks along the side of each seedling to prevent cut worm from destroying the plant. Gave each plant a nice shot of fish emulsion fertilizer. Will cover the paper with leaves or straw when the plants get larger.
Bed at right is for kale, collard and Chinese cabbage.
Also transplanted kohlrabi, choy sum, gai lan (Chinese broccoli) and Shanghai bok choy, sorry no photo.
Potatoes I planted the week of April 9th are doing very well. These are the purple Peruvian.
Chinese celery and bittermelon are begging to be transplanted into the garden, but must wait a bit longer as the night time temp will be dipping into the low 40’s for a number of nights this week.
Something gave my leeks a hair cut (I think it’s the rabbits), not a happy person.
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