i haven’t had much time to write out a proper blog post lately, which sucks because this is an important time of year--this blog serves as my journal, and i didn’t make enough notes in it last spring (as far as when i planted things and when they came up, etc.)...information that would be helpful right about now.
this year i planted my peas on st. patrick’s day (march 17.) i did a much nicer job than ever before: fluffed up the soil,
placed them in neat little rows (“like little graves for little goals,”)
erected branches strung together with yarn for support,
andy checked my work...
then the sky promptly vomited about two inches of rain over the following two weeks, along with some pretty chilly temperatures. i figured the peas might rot in the ground, but yesterday:
three little sproutlets popped up!
most of the seeds i sowed outside at the end of march (around the 24th) have come up in the last week. i planted seven types of radishes: purple ones, black ones, white ones, red ones, pink ones...i can’t remember the names but i’ll sort them out once i start harvesting. almost all of those are up.
lettuces and spinach have all sprouted too. still waiting for mȃche, carrots and broad beans:
it’s my first time growing favas. the beans are huge! easily the size of a quarter. i made this plant tag out of part of a coors light can i found by the side of the road.
the raspberry canes are flourishing. for every old cane there are probably three new ones coming up, and surprisingly they aren’t spreading too far into new territory, so i won’t have to beat them back into their corner.
both of my leftover kale stumps are sprouting new leaves. it’s a biennial, like parsley, so i expect all those plants to bolt really soon, but for now they’re growing pretty well. i harvested parsley from year-old plants to make hummus yesterday and it still tastes good.
i’m letting the kales grow because i read bees love kale flowers, and once it goes to seed you can use them like you would mustard seed.
it’s so exciting to see little tomatoes growing! starting just a few plants crazy early was a good idea.