Week of May 21st

Well, the early season is here in force.

In the ground: garlic, leeks, potatoes, peas, onions, chard, spinach, lettuce, arugula, dill, mustard greens, pie pumpkins and fall squash, cucumbers, radishes, turnips, beets, cabbage and kale. The raspberries and strawberries are beginning to put on fruit, and the hops are climbing their trellises, reaching up as far as they can for the sun.

Left to plant in the main garden in the next few weeks are some more fall squash plants (delicata,) and our tomato plants. The first round of basil starts are also looking ready to go in, and as soon as we can, the plot by the raised beds that I opened up will have corn going into it. Some more sunflowers will go in around the margins, and the last of the raised beds will need to be weeded and planted, but within the next two weeks, I expect the first round of planting to be done for the season.

Harvesting today: TONS of spinach, as well as a nice mixed salad of five different lettuces, baby arugula and mustard greens. The kale and chard are starting to get nice and big, and I expect to be picking off them soon, and the cabbage are starting to get sizable as well. The peas are putting on their first flowers, and while I’d like them to get a bit bigger first, I’ll take what I can get given the odd weather. The potatoes are all up; direct seeded beets, carrots, daikon, french breakfast and easter egg radish and turnips are all up as well. The garlic is looking healthy, the dill is spotty but doing all right, and the tomatoes are looking strong enough to go in the ground very soon.

This week, we’ll be potting up peppers, continuing to weed like mad, starting some seeds for fall/late summer plantings and enjoying a bit of a breather from last week’s watering insanity as our normal pacific northwest weather returns. All in all, a good place to be for this time of year.




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