Wow I did not have time to blog at all yesterday. I was busy again at work and then when I got home I had a ton of laundry to do and I had to work on my taxes (since they are due on Thursday!) and do a bit more work-work too. I did find time to make some homemade ice cream, and I hope to post about that later this week.
Anywho I wanted to post an update on the garden. Below are a bunch of pictures I took this past Sunday. First up is radishes. They have some true leaves now and you can kind of see the red color in the root.
The picture below is green leaf lettuce. Specifically black-seeded simpson. These little guys aren’t growing that fast. Hopefully they’ll pick up the pace soon.
The sprouts below are red leaf lettuce. I thought it would be a good addition to the garden this year. Last year I got a little bored with all green leaf lettuce all the time. I need some color!
I planted the radishes and lettuce 3 weeks ago today.
Below are my strawberry plants! Look at all the blossoms! Each blossom will become a delicious strawberry and each delicious strawberry will end up in my belly. 🙂
Look at how big my strawberry patch is! When I started my first garden in 2008, I bought two everbearing strawberry plants at Heartland Nursery. Since then they have grown and spread into an entire patch. The first year I didn’t get many berries, but last year I had quite a few.
This year I’m hoping to implement a new “strawberry patch rotation system” to keep the strawberry plants organized and under control. They are seriously starting to take over the garden. More on the new strawberry system later.
Below is a pea plant. I planted two short rows of shelling peas. Last year I didn’t have great luck with peas, but I later discovered that peas don’t like onions and I had planted my peas right next to onions. This year I did not plant onions so I’m hoping for better luck!
The plant below is a turnip. It looks kind of like the radish. I planted turnips for the first time last fall and they turned out great! I had turnips as big as softballs! I didn’t even really like turnips much until I grew them myself. Now I’m looking forward to eating them this spring.
The peas and turnips were planted two weeks ago today along with spinach, collards and kale. The spinach, collards and kale don’t look like much yet so I didn’t take any pictures.
Now here’s the cabbage that survived the winter:
Look at how much bigger it is! It’s starting to form a little head in the middle. I have no idea how I’ll know when its ready. I guess when it gets big? I need to look that up.
Finally, one night when we were out in the garden, Benzo was turning the compost and found a plant growing in the pile. He decided to plant it in the ground to see if it would grow. Here it is:
We think it might be kale, but we’re not sure yet. It does seem to be rooting and growing – score! I love bonus plants. The seeds must have germinated from something we threw in the compost.
We’re getting tons of sunshine this week so hopefully the plants will start growing like crazy. It’s less than a month now until the frost-free date and the BIG PLANTING WEEKEND. I can’t wait!