April has brought several hit and miss stormy days but our rain total was really behind for the month. We don’t get a lot of rain here in Utah so we notice even more when it gets dry. But this weekend finally brought us some real relief. It started raining Saturday morning about 3 am (I know because it woke me up) and it rained almost non stop all day Saturday and the rain even continued into Sunday. All told we received over 1 1/2 inches which for us is a lot of rain!
The garden was happy to see the rain! Here’s a few shots of the progress in the garden this week. The lettuce patch is looking fantastic! Here’s a beautiful head of Nevada Lettuce. This is a summer crisp lettuce but it turns out that this hardy lettuce also does well over wintered. We pick the first head this week and it was delicious!
More shots of the lettuce patch, in front some tightly planted butter crunch and in the back is oak leaf which has become our favorite cut and come again lettuce.
And here’s the future of the lettuce patch, Larry’s red lettuce that will be ready in a few more weeks.
And more Nevada that we will harvest as full heads in a month or so!
The peas are coming along but not as quickly as I’d hoped, I’m sure the rain will help their progress.
The cold frame potatoes are finally poking through! I was starting to wounder if I had actually planted them it took so long for them to come up! Another couple of days and I will start mounding them up.
The garlic looks great! (It could use a little weeding)
And the onions are starting to come out of their transplant shock and put on growth!
And of course the happiest news of all is the strawberries really started blooming this week! We didn’t have any strawberries last year so we are sitting in mouth watering anticipation for this springs crop!
Saturdays rain made it tough to work in the yard much, but we had to get out and plant the trees and other plants that arrived this week. First to go in were 2 grape vines. Right now they are just stuck here in the middle of the side yard grass, but never fear! We will be building a really nice trellis/tunnel here a little later in the summer for them to grow on.
We also planted an Hals Almond tree.
And a Red Haven Peach. We are a little late in the year to be planting bare root trees, but we couldn’t find what we needed locally and the company we ordered from took forever to get them delivered.
Also still to go in are these two Arctic Kiwi. These were live plants so we figured we’d wait for the garden to dry out a bit first.
Of course we had plenty to harvest this week as well. Mostly spinach and lettuce, but also a little Swiss Chard. This was Fridays picking a whole box of lettuce and other greens.
After washing it all up we will be supplied with a bunch of yummy salads for the next few days. Remind me to have Mrs. Stoney post her Poppy seed honey mustard dressing recipe, it’s fantastic!
This weeks totals are as follows:
Lettuce – 1.75 lbs
Spinach – .25 lbs
Total – 2 lbs
That brings our annual total to 41 pounds! 5% of our goal already!
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!
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