May the roof above us never fall in
And may we good companions beneath it never fall out.

~Irish blessing


Friday, September 4, 2009

Early Spring Report

The changeable weather had me worried, but all the tomato seeds have successfully sprouted, as well as the fennel. No sign of the capsicum or melons yet. I ordered some seeds from Greenharvest, and thismorning added:

Zucchini - Black Beauty
Ceylon Spinach
Greenharvest Lettuce Mix

We harvested the rest of the Purple Dragon carrots yesterday. I should have remembered to take a photo because they're such a beautiful colour - deep maroon on the outside and golden amber in the middle. They were a mix of sizes, mostly due to some of them being a bit close together I imagine. There were some suspicious craters in some of them like they had been chewed - I'm not sure what it is under the soil that would nibble on them like that, but most of the damage was easily grated off so they were mostly a success.

Other Winter crops that have been a terrific success are the snap peas and snow peas in baskets that have provided for plenty of stir fries not to mention a quick snack in the garden.



The broccoli has also been fantastic, for after the initial harvest, it kept sprouting mini broccoli buds that we've continued to harvest.




The spinach and cavalo nero are just beginning to get to a harvestable size, but have been so easy and such a good source of greens.


What didn't do well unfortunately are the brussel sprouts and cabbages. Perhaps the combination of too little light and the warm weather at the end of winter stunted them and then opened up their leaves before they ever formed proper heads. I don't think I'll try them again until I have a well lit bed available.

Remarkably there is one ripe Rouge de Marmande tomato left on the plant from last Summer, just showing how hardy tomatoes can be.