I was looking back over the plantings from this year. I seemed to have overlooked many of the greens we have already sown. We have been eating European mesclun for three months now from containers, but this month I actually got around to planting it outside.
4/3 Planted Cascadia snap peas started in containers 3/4, direct sowed radish saxa II (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), European mesclun (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), monstrueux de viroflay spinach (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), mizuna (Seed Savers Exchange), and lettuce leaf salad bowl blend (Botanical Interest) outside undercover. Planted seedlings from March (3/10), except poppies and spices, outside under cover.
4/14 I have been removing and replacing plastic as directed by the weather. We have had some pretty torrential downpours and heavy hail, but in between we have some absolutely gorgeous sun. Today I planted the onion starts I has sown on 2/24. I did one dedicated onion bed and then lined several other beds with onions. Onions are great because they can be planted with any other veggies and take up very little space. They also have the ability to deter pests.
4/16 Planted 24 hills of potatoes (all organic from the farm store): 5 red thumb fingerling, 6 each German butterball and cal white, 7 caribe. I also planted many more of my summer vegetables. Cucumbers: boston pickling (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), Mexican sour gherkin (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), delicatesse (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), lemon cucumber (Seeds of Change), tendergreen (saved seed received in trade). Tomatillo: verde (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds). Squash: big Max pumpkin (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), New England sugar pie (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), butternut – Waltham (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), bush buttercup (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), table queen (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), loofa sponge (saved seeds from Thyme Square Gardens).
4/17 Planted poppies outside.
4/20 Today I convinced the hub to make a new box to put around the raspberries. When we planted them about 5 years ago we did it on a hill…against an old rotten fence. Well we removed the fence and realized that we needed to put in some form of retaining wall so that all that dirt that had been pushed up against the rotten fence did not spill onto the neighbors much newer fence. The end result was a four sided box that also leveled the watering surface. Very nice!
4/24 Planted annual dahlia seeds.
4/25 Transplanted holy basil, dill and zinnia starts. The cumin did not get transplanted, but it needs to be. There were not black sesames that took.
Other garden updates: the kale, carrots and beets that I direct sowed outside in February are doing well. The peas a chugging along though I think they wish it was a little cooler. Our weather has been over 60 and even into the 80s, with the exception of two days, for the last 12 days with no end in sight. The news is reporting that our temps are reminiscent of the last drought years. Boo. All that said the broccoli is flowering before it’s fully formed so I have been forced to pick it. The cauliflower and kale though seems to be doing well! The chard, cabbage, spinach and onion starts are all hanging in there as well. I am getting ready to plant tomato, pepper and squash starts (since it is not supposed to get to terribly cold again) and will likely get some beans and zucchini going outside in the next few days.