Hi guys! I love doing my Monday Harvest reports, but I always feel like they are just a brag session for what I’m harvesting. So in an attempt to make my Monday Harvest reports a little more useful to our readers I’m going to try and add a little more “meat” to them! So this week I want to show you what is happening in our “year round garden” in Early March. I’m doing this to give you an idea what is possible if you set your mind to having a year round garden.
I spent some time working out in the garden this weekend. While I was there I snapped some photos. So here’s what is happening in our Zone 5b garden in March.
After today’s work we really only have one cold frame that has crops that we can harvest. That’s the spinach/Swiss Chard bed. This is one of my favorite beds in the year round garden. As you can see the bed is looking pretty good. We have been harvesting like crazy for the last two weeks. Any time we need some greens for a salad or soup all we need to do, is run out and cut something from this bed!
Look how good the Swiss Chard is looking!
The overwintered lettuce bed is starting to burn out! Most of what is left is looking pretty spent. We have been harvesting pretty heavy from this bed all winter (which was awesome!) But now we are starting to have a real aphid problem in this bed. Over the last two weeks the warm weather has brought an early infestation of aphids. This bed was right next to a tomato bed last fall that was just swarming with aphids. Some of them must have snuck over to this cold frame bed and survived the winter. As bad as I hate to do it, I’m going to have to pull up what’s left of the smaller plants, leave the lids off this box for a few cold nights and see if the frost can kill off the aphids before they spread. Then I will dig this bed up and plant potatoes in it next week. I’ll have to move the spring lettuce somewhere else. This means we will have about a month or so without lettuce, which is kind of a bummer!
Here are a few other early signs of spring. All the Daffodils & Tulips are up and growing!
I also noticed that the chives have poked through the ground and are starting to grow again! It will be nice to have a couple of year old plants that we can harvest from this year!
And look how great the garlic is looking, we should have an early crop this year!
What have we been Planting
On Saturday the weather was nice and the soil dry so I did a little planting! This was the winter carrot bed. I dug up what was left of the carrots and then planted a row of lettuce, 2 short rows of radishes, a few turnips and 4 rows of spring carrots!. The balance of this cold frame bed will be planted to our spring lettuce!
You will remember from my post on peas two weeks back that I’m trying to get the soil warmed up early this year to get my peas off to a quick start. I covered the bed with clear plastic to keep it dry and to warm the soil up. Well it’s working. Two weeks ago the soil temp at 2 inches was 42 degrees. Now that bed is sitting at 65 degrees, the perfect temperature for planting peas. So I will be getting them in as soon as I can this week!
Also this week we will be planting our spring potatoes in the cold frame, where we are taking the lettuce out. And if our onion order gets here we will get those in as well!
The seedlings are looking great! These 10 or so lettuce plants will go out this week after we get them a couple more good waterings with some fertilizer!
The Cole crops are also starting to look really nice! All of them have their first set of true leaves and are coming along well. They should be ready to go out the first week of April.
Harvest for the Week
We are getting 1 or 2 nice harvests a week from the spinach/Swiss chard bed. Each picking is about 1/2 pound so we have picked 1 1/2 pounds over the last 2 weeks.
This will be the last big harvest of lettuce for a while. We had to do a lot of washing to get rid of all the aphids. This picking was about a pound, over the last two weeks we have harvested 2 pounds total.
And we dug up the last of the winter carrots Saturday. 4 pounds total. Our winter carrot harvest was pretty disappointing this year. We had a super wet August last fall and that really affected the germination of our carrots. Only 5 pounds for the winter is pitiful! Oh well! There’s always next year right?
So our totals for the last 2 weeks are:
Spinach/Chard – 1.5 lbs
Lettuce – 2 lbs
Carrots – 4 lbs
Total – 7.5 lbs
That brings our annual total to 12 pounds. Not to shabby for March!