Spring Snow

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Wasn’t expecting 3-4 inches of snow this morning. Granted it is beautiful, and the snow is melting fast. The main test will be if the recent seeds planted will survive this cold blast?

I almost imagine that the parsnips will benefit from the extra moisture. The carrots may not be as hospitable to the cold. As of yesterday there were a few signs of carrot germination – no where near the vast number if seeds sown.

Broccoli and cabbage seeds should be unaffected – as long as the snow does subside by afternoon.

Spring Garden Review

Local garlic - early spring

The small patches of hard and soft neck garlic are as happy as the blooming daffodils. Strong, board green leafs.

2014 Garden List

The soil is heating quickly from the strong morning sun. Still wet from yesterdays welcomed downpour and gentle cross breeze. Ideal spring weather – warm and moist.

For 2014 our gardens have truly expanded. With the lower garden taking on most of the commercial vegetables.

Greens:

Spinach – monster for salad
Red leaf lettuce.
Mixed Green Salad.
Kale
Swiss chard – yellow & red

Vegetables:

Rhubarb

Tomatoes
Bell Peppers
Zucchini
Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Winter Squash

Fruit:

Blackberries
Mulberries
Plums
Muscadine Grapes

Fresh Herbs

Sage
Sweet Basil
Peppermint
Spearmint
Chocolate Mint
Oregano
Parsley
Cilantro – herb light
Bay leaves – late season
Lemongrass – late season

Flowers:

Violets Edible Flowers
Sunflowers

Specialty Items:

Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Hibiscus and Chocolate Mint Tea
Violet and Sage Tea

Seeding Greens and Cabbage

The front garden got a seed make-over. Last week the parsnip and carrot seeds went into most of the garden beds. Today, short season vegetable seeds were add to the beds. Excited to try cooking with some new vegetables.

Broccoli

Broccoli Waltham

Cabbage

Cabbage – Copenhagen market
Cabbage – Baby choi
Cabbage – Michihli
Cabbage – Wong bok
Cabbage – Red Ace

Greens

Greens – Collards Georgia southern
Greens – Kale – Red Russian

Sprouts

Upward Cress

Fruit Trees

  • Pear Trees.
  • Peach Trees.
  • Apple Trees.
  • Plum Bush.
  • Mulberry Bush – June Harvest.
  • Blackberry – Trim back dead part of plant.
  • Rhubarb Patches.
  • Wonder Berry.
  • Garden Huckleberry.
  • Garden Strawberry Spinach.
  • Ground Cherry.

Update March 16 2014: Starting the indoor trays of first year harvest berries – Garden Huckleberry, Wonder Berry, Garden Strawberry Spinach, and Ground Cherry.

Update April 8 2014: 1 of 5 of the Pear trees have buds. While half of the blackberry bush may be dead, the other half is covered in fresh leaves. With temperatures last week in the 70’s – it is not surprising to see that all of the rhubarb has gone to bloom – with 6″ x 1″ stalks.

Updated April 11 2014: Removed rhubarb blooms.