A great week weather wise here in Utah, at least until yesterday. We had temps mostly in the 60′s all week but things turned south on Sunday and we actually had a little skiff of snow. But the weather was great on Saturday and that let us get a ton of garden projects done.
This was the first and biggest project of the weekend. Our truck is broken down so I’ve been putting off renting a sod cutter for weeks. But Saturday Morning Mrs. Stoney laid down the law for the family and told us she wasn’t going to go a second year with out garden peas and truck or no truck we were going to dig up the sod for the next bed in the garden. It was a bit of work but with 4 of us working on it the digging only took about an hour. We did have some rain on Thursday so as you can see the ground was still pretty moist. That allowed us to just cut the sod out and pull it out, then we ran the tiller through the bed a few times. Now we have a new 25 x 4 bed. 3 more like this to go and the garden will be finished!
This whole bed will be dedicated to peas this spring and then will be our melon bed for the summer and fall. We planted two varieties of peas, this photo shows where we planted the Oregon Giants. This is our favorite snow pea, they are a vine type pea. This year we are going to see how they do on these tomato cages.
The rest of the bed was dedicated to 3 rows of “little marvel” bush peas. The last few years we have tried different varieties of bush peas but this year we decided to go back to our favorite “little marvel”. They just really seem to be the best suited to our area and give us the best production. We are a little later than I would have preferred getting our peas in, but given how up and down our weather has been I really doubt it will make much difference.
Next on the planting list were this years onion crop. Two varieties going in the year, our tried and true “Copra”, which are a very long storing variety. The other is new to our garden this year. It’s a sweeter onion called “Candy”, these don’t store as long (only 3 months) but are supposed to be sweeter and milder. We get our onions from Dixon Dale Farms. We have been buying from them (with a large neighborhood group buy) for 4 years now and I have nothing but praise for their wonderful product.
You can see we really love our onions! There are a total of over 150 starts, plus we also planted around 25 of the smallest starts deeper to be harvested as green onions. All those onions for only $5.30 is a great buy. Of course that price is what we get for buying them as a group, but what a deal for a good quality product. If this summers conditions are good, I would expect we will have well over 50 pounds of onions again this year!
Also planted Saturday were the first potatoes of the spring. This is about 8 pounds of seed potatoes that I planted in the cold frame where the carrots were all winter. The cold frame will give them a really early start and most of these potatoes will be harvest small in June to be eaten with the fresh peas in one of our favorite spring time dishes. This bed won’t be one of the most productive beds for total yield, I would expect around 30 or so pounds of small new potatoes. But oh man will these yummy spuds be worth the space!! The variety is Red Pontiac.
Of course we did have a some harvests this week. In order to get the onions in we had to harvest all the over wintered kale. There were 3 plants that I had to totally pull out and after pulling all the leaves from the stalks we ended up with over 8 pounds of kale! Wow that’s a lot of kale! We have cleaned up about half of it and Mrs. Stone made a large batch of kale chips on Saturday afternoon. It’s funny we can’t get the kids to touch kale fresh but when we make kale chips we can’t keep them out of it! They downed most of 4 baking trays full of chips in one evening, I finally had to put them away when I caught our youngest coming out of the kitchen with her cheeks stuffed full of kale chips for about the 5th time!! :) I will see if I can talk Mrs. Stoney into writing a quick post this week with the recipe she used.
Along with the kale we did harvest some more lettuce and spinach for use in salads during the week but I forgot to get photos of that!
This weeks totals are:
Kale – 8 lbs
Lettuce – .25 lbs
Spinach – .25 lbs
Total 8.50 pounds. That brings our annual total to 34 pounds! It feels great to be back to a normal garden season! This time last year we still hadn’t closed on our house and were living in an apartment with no spring garden at all so we are really enjoying all our spring veggies.
I will be joining several blog hops this week including the Tuesday Garden Party at an Oregon Cottage, The Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead and of course the Monday Harvest Report at Daphne’s Dandelions!