We’ve been spending loads of time in the garden the past few weeks. With more success than usual sprouting seeds, we have ended up with a large variety of vegetables to plant this year! As promised in the Come and Get It weekly bulletin, here’s a list of what we are planting:
Russian Kale, Onions, Tomatoes, Winter Squash, Zucchini, Eggplant, Basil, Hot Peppers, Kohlrabi, Cabbage, Broccoli, Chard, Spinach, Lettuce, Honeydew Melons, Parsley, Cucumber, Pole Beans, Beets, Potatoes and Bell Peppers. Many of these we have more than one variety that we’re trying. Hopefully, everything will thrive and we will have plenty for everyone this summer. This early heat wave has me concerned about my baby plants though, so we’re keeping them all well watered to get through it.
Ofer moved the strawberries from pots to a large bed this year and the artichokes we planted in early spring are looking good. The asparagus are beginning to multiply, though we can’t harvest them for another two years.
We’re trying some new ways of supporting tall plants this time. Ofer and Yo’el have put in temporary fencing for the beans to climb. This way, we can move the beans from year to year. It is a healthy practice to keep rotating where crops are planted in beds. Last year, we planted some Jerusalem Artichokes and Pole beans next to each other and the beans climbed up the stalks of the Jerusalem Artichokes. Hopefully, it will happen again this year. We fenced off the sideyard bed while the flowers are sprouting. When they are big enough, we’ll take away the fence (we don’t want the cats disturbing the seeds).
I’m still experimenting with how to support the tomatoes this year. I planted them closer together to try something new. I’ll put some in tomato cages and I think I’ll also tie some to stakes. We’ll see what works best as the summer progresses!
Here’s a fun photo of our tools waiting patiently for the next use after a good day of working in the garden. Happy spring planting!