This probably should have been two posts, but I haven't said much here about the vegetables we're starting, and I have a lot to catch up on. The school greenhouse is packed!
Earlier this week, I started some squash: "Goldy" Summer Squash, "Cashflow" Zucchini, "Black" Zucchini, "Delicata", "Sweet Dumpling", and a Pumpkin Mix.
This is my first time starting onions from seed. I did both "Cippolini" and Red ones. Before planting in the ground, the greens are supposed to be cut down to just 3 inches.
There are "American Slicing" and "Japanese Long" cucumbers. I started both "Sungold" cherry and "Brandywine" Tomatoes, and I think they were planted to early. They're outgrowing their pots, hogging up lots of space, turning yellow and some are even flowering already.
This is the red okra - looking good. It's about to flower -- I hope my flowers look like Bangchik's eventually.
Another first: Savoy cabbage. E. planted all of these in the ground the day before the frost warning this past week. I put a fabric cover over them. They seem to be okay.
I put the sugar snap peas back up on the deck. There are a few Tuscan kale seedlings in there with them.
Now here's a challenge: Summer Iceberg Lettuce. This is being grown at the request of the S. man, who likes his lettuce with crunch. I like a thick chunk of iceberg with some homemade dressing as much as the next person, but I think we are a very long way from a wedge. I hope I didn't try to harden these off too early. They look a bit leggy and pathetic.
Quite a few of the herbs in the raised bottle bed came back - and all the bottle survived the winter intact!
One disappointment though was my favorite: lemon thyme. I thought it would make a stronger showing than this by now.
I planted swiss chard, spinach, red romaine and radishes in bed #1 - I was inspired by the formations done in the beds at the NYBG "Edible Garden" exhibit last year. I used a bamboo pole to guide a criss-cross sow.
Got ourselves one of those tiered strawberry beds. I foraged some wild Alpine strawberries for this bed, too.
Arugula came back up without any help from me!
Have you planted any veggies yet?
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