Saturday, April 20, 2013

Garden update from Gordon Cucullu

Garden update: Okay, stand back. Looks like the last frost has passed (a bit late this year) and the less cool tolerant plants are itching to get outside.

Last years new asparagus is up to 3+ feet tall in some spots. Coming along well, and garlic just keeps looking stronger.

Peas are putting out tendrils and grabbing onto trellises. No sign of potatoes yet, but hopeful.

The many flats of seeds that SFC Carola planted on her last visit are thriving. A few of the more bold: cucumbers, squash, for example, may get outside next week. Will harden them off first, of course.

Our experimental bed of direct seeding of last year's "leftover" cool weather seeds is
popping up all over the place. We mixed whatever we had - some radish, turnips, lettuce, a bunch of others - and and sprinkled them randomly over one of the new beds that still needs some "seasoning."

Should be a hoot to see what comes up. Already see what look to be turnips and radishes. Regardless, they will add to the soil and make it better for follow-on cropping.

Oh, and the white Dutch clover that we overseeded on most of the beds germinated and is pushing forward.

Just about every fruit tree, including the ones planted this spring, is leaving out, and the surviving berries from last summer's drought are greening.

So far, so good. Keeping crossed fingers for a good garden season! 

-- Gordon Cucullu

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