This past weekend, we got a taste of spring. Saturday was 63 degrees, and I woke up Sunday morning to the sound of birds chirping outside my open window. Although it was cloudy, I was able to spend some time in the garden on Sunday in the 74 degree weather. Unfortunately, the cold will be returning this coming week, but the promise of spring is in the air.
I had just about given up on the Tom Thumb peas I planted along my front walkway and in pots outside my front door. However, after three weeks, they have started to germinate. I’ve got about 15 seedlings poking up now.
Yesterday, I planted fingerling potatoes in a couple of new grow bags I purchased a few weeks ago. I used my own compost that is now very loamy – and full of worms.
I also planted a bunch of Texas Granex white onion sets. Not all of my onion seeds germinated, so I planted the onion sets in the spaces between my onion seedlings.
IN THE GARDEN:
Here’s a picture of one of the many worms I found in my compost. Good sign!
After several nights of hard frost, my escarole has surely seen better days. Yet, I’m happy to see the centers of many plants still looking healthy.
I am so pleased with my Red Sails lettuce and its ability to survive frost. Even a few of my Black Seeded Simpson lettuce (on the right) is surviving.
My arugula is in full bloom, and the flowers are beautiful.
In one of my hoop tunnel beds, I have several varieties of lettuce growing. This is buttercrunch.
I thought I’d take a picture looking down my hoop tunnels, seeing as it was warm enough to have the plastic off.
With all the windy days we’ve had, I’m upset to find that my yard is once again full of gum tree seed balls. I’ve already collected two four-foot tall lawn and leaf bags full out of my raised beds, and my Garden Wilson raked up another four of those lawn and leaf bags full himself. Now, there’s more! Here is my Garden Wilson, sitting and contemplating raking up yet more gum balls.
This week I did a bit of harvesting and pulled a little over a pound of carrots and almost 1.5 pounds of radishes.
I barely got these washed before I was crunching on one of them. So sweet!
This is the rest of my first planting of watermelon radishes. I had to throw away about three dozen of them due to frost damage AND vole bite marks. Ew…. And these are what were healthy enough to keep and eat.
What’s happening on your homestead this week?