Thursday, May 5, 2011

May Harvests, June Plans

I'm getting lots of mesclun, and the spinach is still kicking, but the arugula, cilantro, and parsley are going to seed--with the latter two sure to attract lots of beneficial insects. I'm hoping the pea vines will cover the trellis and shade out the second crop of salad greens that is coming up, or maybe a warm weather crop will go here.
No one should ever have to pay for lettuce--ever!
In the "root" bed are carrots and parsnips and a smattering of beets, all to be harvested soon, even if baby size (as they are likely to be even after being sown in fall). The favas are doing well, but I am not expecting much since they have not performed well in the past. I'll be planting okra and winter squash in this bed, fingers crossed they don't shade out the blackberry and asparagus too much.
The Di Cicco broccoli is bolting after a few hot days in an otherwise cool spring...
but the rest of the bed is full of scallions, radishes, a few beets and carrots, and the kales that were missed by the cabbage worms.
If the two new beds ever get dug, they'll be filled with summer stuff--beans, squash, peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes. The middle square bed is the home for rhubarb and maybe the Tunisian peppers I grew from seed.

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