I can't believe it's already May. Can you? The days are warmer and longer - perfect for all things outside! I'm getting exponentially darker by the day between gardening and mountain biking (oh yes, I did, but more on that another time!). Time is going way too fast nowadays, but I personally don't mind since that just means more fun outdoors - and more food in the garden finally.
We've been eating from the garden already, although there wasn't enough yet to be totally off the grid. I had some rabbit issues (again) this spring that decimated some early seedlings. But I am catching up!
|Snap peas grow in a snap!|
|Vivian Lettuce - these things grow forever. If you have impatient in you, I wouldn't grow this variety from seed|
|Parsley is a mainstay in our kitchen so this one has been harvested more than the others.|
|Swiss chard which we've already been harvesting off and on for omelets and salads|
|Carrots and sugar beets that were grown from seed|
|Kale - of course!|
|Mesclun lettuce - now THESE grow amazingly fast and they're eager germinators!|
|Some more (red) mesclun, spinach, marjoram and oregano|
|Radish - one of the easiest and fastest growing spring crops|
|Cauliflower with leaves bigger than my hand. No cauliflower sighting yet, but these need to get big before they start producing|
Strawberries usually take a full year to root and become really gung-ho on production. If this is your first year growing them, hang tight. Good things come to those who wait! I was out there today counting strawberry blossoms and I counted 80+ from the same five plants from last year.
I also learned that raspberries grow like weeds in our alpine desert climate. I sweet-talked a co-worker into pulling me a cane from his productive raspberry (which he was happy to get rid off because he gets annoyed at how fast they multiply - imagine that!). Supposedly, they grow in the crappiest soil and require very little maintenance. Well not counting the number of times you have to yank out runners, I guess. I put my adopted raspberry in the ground yesterday and it seems to be doing very well. Because berries are expensive to buy at the store, they're one of the best things to grow at home.
|Zucchini and thyme|
|Two more tomatoes and more zucchini in the back|
|Greenland Gardener 42" x 42" raised bed with a whole lot going on!|