It’s hard to believe April is almost half over! We had an unusually dry week here in Northern Utah, so dry in fact that I actually had to break out the drip system and Water the new raspberries and the peas and I had to put a sprinkler on the onion bed.
I want to take you on a walk around the new yard and garden today but lets start with a quick shot of what we harvested this week. We did a lot of planting this weekend and needed to clear out some space, so we ended up pulling about 1/2 of the over wintered spinach out. Most of what we pulled were plants that didn’t do as well over winter and were now yellowing and thinking about bolting. I was surprised when Mrs. Stoney had finished cleaning and throwing out the yellow stuff we still had 1.75 pounds of spinach! Mrs. Stoney sent me straight to the store to find some strawberries and we made her favorite Strawberry Spinach Salad. I think I have Mrs. Stoney talked into doing a little writing on the blog so look for a recipe from her later in the week on this delicious salad!!
This is all we have left to dig out. Only an hour or so left and we are done. We are holding off on this section for a few days because one of our neighbors happened by while we were working in it and mentioned he could use the grass for a section of his yard that needs new grass. So some time this week he is going to come over and help us with the rest and move it to his yard.
That’s actually a good thing! As you can see the pile of grass we have pulled out is getting pretty large. Some people have suggested that I compost this down and put it back in the garden, but it has a lot of Johnson & Quack grass in it. That grass reproduces with long under ground runners that I’m afraid those roots won’t be destroyed in the composting process and that I would just be adding troubles to garden. So this pile will slowly disappear into the garbage bin over the next month or so.
I’m really happy with how the garden is working out. Eventually we will move everything into raised beds but I think I want to work in the garden for a year or so before we decide on what permanent structures to put in.
The lettuce bed is still doing great! Mrs. Stoney’s idea of planting lettuce last September in the cold frame has worked out to be the best decision we ever made. We have had all the lettuce we can eat for more than two months now!! There are three varieties in this photo, butter crunch, oak leaf and Nevada. We really haven’t started eating the Nevada yet, which is the nice heads in the front. This patch will keep us going for another month until the heads behind it are ready!
We did a lot of planting this week. A total of 40 starts when into the garden. The photo above shows a few Bak Choy plants. These are not our favorite veggie so we only grow a few in the spring and fall.
Here’s the bigger section of Broccoli plants. We put in a total of 16 Broccoli, 4 cabbage and 4 cauliflower. All of these starts are in the same bed and only about 6 feet apart total. That way we can put a hoop over them with some row cover to keep the aphids and cabbage loopers off!
We also put in 4 more Swiss Chard plants and 4 kale (which I didn’t get a picture of).
The raspberry transplants have been in for a week now and seem to be doing good. Most of the plants have new growth starting at the base of the plant. This is where this falls crop will grow!!
The peas we planted two weeks ago are finally starting to poke through! I was a little disappointed with how long these took to germinate. Next year I think I will cover the bed with row fabric to warm things up a bit to get a quicker germination. My in-laws tried that this year and their peas are 3 inches tall already!
Remember all the bulbs we planted last fall! Well they are slowing starting to come up and bloom. I always hate the first year after planting new flower bulbs, they seem to come up slower that first year! But this bed is looking great! Imagine what it will look like next year when the bulbs have established themselves better and reproduced at bit!
Also the daffodils are looking great. Again much slower that the rest of the neighborhood but they should catch up next year and also daffodil clumps look better every year with more and more flowers!
One of our local nurseries has a great sale on the second weekend of April every year. We came home with a flat full of geraniums and other plants, most of these will end up in pots for the deck and front porch, but a few will also make it into the front flower beds.
And of course the seed starter is still going like crazy! Along with the veggies I talked about on Thursday’s post we also planted two flats of various different flowers for the front beds! We are looking forward to a riot of color this year as compared to the nearly empty beds we had last year. Here’s this weeks harvest totals: Spinach 1.75 lbs Lettuce 1.25 lbs Total 3 lbs Our annual total now stands at 38 pounds! I will be honest with you, that may be the best we have ever done this early in the season and it’s all due to that September planted lettuce!! I will be joining several blog hops this week including the Tuesday Garden Party at an Oregon Cottage, Garden Tuesday at Sidewalk Shoes, The Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead and of course the Monday Harvest Report at Daphne’s Dandelions! Also remember if you haven’t already done so be sure to like Stoney Acres on Facebook! Thanks for reading!