Wow, we are having beautiful weather! We’ve had a rain storm come in about every 3 or 4 days which is helping our water situation a ton. They are now saying our snow pack in the mountains is close to normal and our feared drought may never happen this summer. The days between the rain have been fantastic, with highs in the low 60′s, just perfect early spring weather.
Saturday was one of those perfect days so I took the chance to spend some time in the garden. The first thing I did was some much needed weeding, the cold frame and hoop house beds were loaded with weeds from the nice warm days. So I cleaned them up.
I took the makeshift hoop house down. It didn’t hold up very well over the winter and had collapsed in places. Many of the kale plants inside did not fair well. This hoop was a pain to get into and basically was ignored for the 3 winter months. I wasn’t surprised to see most of the plants dead.
But I was happy to see 4 kale plants survived, one Tuscan kale is still in pretty rough shape and is trying to go to seed, but it has a few good leaves that we are going to try and save later in the week and use them for Kale chips! Three of the Vates Kale plants held up pretty well and should give us a good harvest for a few weeks. But they have to be gone by the end of the month because this is where our onions will be planted this year.
The spinach bed is still looking good, but the plants are starting to show the first signs of bolting. I should have been better about keeping the lids off this cold frame, the heat as tricked the spinach into bolting a little early this year. I’m going to leave the top completely off this frame for the rest of the year unless we happen to have a super cold spell.
The carrot bed is looking pretty rough. And the carrots we are harvesting are too. The warm weather has woken up the carrot fly larva and about every other carrot we pick has damage. We are going to really get after harvesting these over the next few weeks before we loose them all. Also this bed is meant for potatoes this spring so we will need the space soon.
The lettuce bed is doing awesome. We are taking a good sized harvest about every 3rd day and we haven’t bought lettuce from the store for 3 weeks or more. It’s great to have lettuce this early and we owe it all to Mrs. Stoney. Our indoor starts that I planted in early August last year failed and we were left without a fall crop. Mrs. Stoney suggested we go ahead and put some seed straight in the ground around September 15th. The plants weren’t ready to eat when winter set in but they were young and hardy enough to make it through the winter and now have really taken off!!
We also got out and planted our first lettuce starts for the year. 8 plants total, 4 buttercrunch and 4 Nevada. I’m hoping these will be ready to eat about the time the winter lettuce runs out in early April.
I also uncovered the strawberry bed today. Usually I cover my strawberries with leaves or straw but this year I decided to try fabric row cover. This is by far the best my strawberries have ever looked this early after winter. I’m hopping that means we will have an early crop of berries!!
This was a fun surprise, while I was cleaning out the hoop house bed I found that the few garlic bulbs I planted last fall are up and growing!! That shows you how nice the weather has been lately, usually I wouldn’t see garlic until April!
We did have some harvests this week. In fact it was our biggest week of the year so far. A total of 3.75 pounds of lettuce, spinach and carrots.
This was Saturdays salad harvest. That will keep us eating salads for 3 days or so!!
Also here’s a new addition to our home grown goodies. We have started growing sprouts again. We haven’t grown sprouts for years and years but we were at our favorite kitchen supply store the other day buying wheat and saw Alfalfa seeds so we decided to give them a try again. Very tasty, but not enough to really bother weighing.
Here’s the weeks totals, with a little bit from the week before added in:
Spinach – 1.50 pounds
Lettuce – 1 pound
Carrots – 2 pounds
Total – 4.50 pounds
That brings our annual total to 15.66 pounds that’s 2% of our goal of 770 pounds. I’m linking up with Daphne’s Dandelions again this week for the Monday Harvest report!
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