Happy Tax Day, or Patriot Day, or whatever they're calling it now. What it means is that unless you extended your taxes, you're done for the year and can get back to gardening. At least that's how I felt.
First let me say, folks are really up in arms over my decision not to plant green beans this year. Let me say I tried them last year and nobody in my family liked them. I even tried blanching them and freezing them. The one time I cooked some frozen ones I tried cooking the heck out of them in the microwave like was suggested. No luck. Again, nobody in my family liked them. We like canned green beans, so sue us, hehe. Anyone want two gallons of frozen geen beans? hehe. My brother's going to grow some this year, so I'll try them again. If I like them I'll grow them again next year.
This is going to be a hodge podge of stuff today. I don't have a main topic to discuss, but a ton to say. First off, I'm still getting tons of traffic from all over. If you've stopped by from somewhere else, stay a while, hundreds of gardeners that keep coming back can't be wrong, hehe. What's more is that my potato bin page has now busted through 15,000 views. That's incredible. Before the article I was happy to have 5,000 views!
On a separate note, yesterday evening instead of posting some of this, I was busy drafting next month's article for Patti's GardenGirl ezine. It's going to be great. I get to work with my mentor Judy from Alabama. If you haven't seen her blog there is a ton of great info there. Oh, and if you haven't signed up for Patti's innovative garden ezine, I would recommend you do so.
Now, I'd like to take you on the first of many garden tours to come. If you've been reading my blog from last year, you know that I love to share my garden with folks, both in person and digitally. For now however, not much is going on since it really isn't spring yet. If you recall, I only put seedlings in the ground a few weeks ago. Anyway, here we go.
Here is the back of bed#1. Of course I knew I was going to plant cukes on this section of trellis this year. Aside from hanging out right along the ground, they look like they've held up to temperatures in the 30s over the last few nights. In front of them was a plug row of broccoli when I found my seeds were particularly viable this year and tons of them grew strong seedlings. Now that I see this pic though, on the right there are actually two seedlings. I didn't realize that when I planted them. Darn, I thought I was going to be able to plant two cauliflower in the left two squares of that row, I guess it will only be one. That means more squares of the overflow bed #4 will get cauliflower. More on that much later.
Right below that is one of the only rows of bed #1 that I hadn't planted lettuce. So look what those seedlings have done so far...
On the far left is two mustard greens. Anyone know when I should harvest them for a salad? I want them to spice up the salad a bit, but they should be tender like lettuce. Thoughts?
The rest of that row is two squares of Salad Bowl and one of Red Sails. Below that starts a row of salad greens with two extra Red Sails seedlings that I need a place to thow them. Notice there's no Italiensheir (no, I vow to never spell it right) in my bed? Well, for some reason, none of them took. I swear I tried at least four of them. They worked no problem last year. I guess I had better direct sow some. Darn, I just remembered how tall they are. I guess they'll go in front of the mustard greens... they look tall. hehe.
Finishing up the covered bed #1 is the front.
Up front I've got a slew of overwintered carrots. And I swore we'd harvested everything from them last fall, or if we missed any, the coons got the rest, but no. I understand that overwintered carrots go to seed. I hope that means that I can still harvest carrots that are edible before they shoot up stalks. Let me know if I should just rip these out. I would hate to do it since these are by far the closest carrots my son has to being ready to eat. Oh, and in front of those are two squares of radishes. Gotta have radishes for salads. I sure hope they hurry up since the lettuce is almost ready.
Well, much as I'm sure you'd like to see the other beds, I don't have pics of them, so here are a few shots I took over the last few days that I found on my phone when I was uploading them...
Hehe, gotta love squirrils. This is my nice, neat garlic rows, broken up by some pretty purple flowers that I never planted.
When I was watering my potato bins, look what I found! Yep, two sprouts. And I was searching back through last year's posts, this is far earlier than last year, and I planted sooner. Must have been the major sprouting action I had for these seed potatoes. Now for the bad news... we had a tid bit of frost this morning, on our historical average last frost date. Potato spouts don't like frost. Time will tell.
Lastly, when I was bringing in the seedings from their hardening off time outside when it got dark, I couldn't help but look at them, really look at them. Frankly I hadn't been paying much attention to them before, but with all the talk about sick tomatoes on GW, I couldn't help it. Grrr.
So, what'cha think? Anything to be concerned with this plant? Sorry for the blurriness, my camera doesn't take good close-ups.
Or this one...
So I've got curled, browning leaves on one, and odd discoloration on the other. Otherwise the seedlings are all studry and growing strong. If I get time this weekend I'll consider plant them outside in my new SWCs!
Hope you've gotten out to enjoy your garden.