Very Veggie

The vegetable garden is going swimmingly, and the lettuce that I planted earlier in the year are now ready to harvest.  I use the “cut and come again” method as you know, only taking one or two leaves from each individual plant leaving the plant in the ground to grow.

Lettuce Bed

The smaller plants in the front are spinach and as you can see I have onions in between the rows.

It is obvious that the devious plan that my husband and I came up with last year has worked well.  After most of the veggies had faded last year due to the heat of the summer, and I was merrily trying out growing tomatoes and other things in containers, he dumped all of the grass clippings from him mowing the lawn into the beds until they were full.  This mulch of grass clippings and leaves has broken down nicely over the course of the fall and winter and resulted in a lovely rich, worm-filled soil.  This is evidenced by the fact that the tiny lettuce seedlings that I transplanted to another bed only a couple of weeks ago have really taken off and are thriving.

The small seedlings you see in there are radish, which I liberally scattered over the soil after I had transplanted the lettuce.

My peas in containers are doing well and I now have flowers as well as some pods.

To my delight my Rhubarb is doing well.

Of course time (and horrendous) summer temperatures will tell if it can survive in the oven that my garden will become.

In an interesting development of the food kind, but not intentionally planted kind, some of the bird seed germinated under the feeders on the patio and has now had a chance not only to grow, but flower and fruit, I am not sure what it is, wheat? barley?  I am pretty much certain that this is quite unusual to have this kind of grain almost ready for harvest in the first week of April.   While I am sure that being surrounded by concrete pavers insulated the seedlings somewhat, it really is a testament to how warm the winter has been. 

I am also sure that the birds will be most happy to have their own home-grown bird seed to feed on.

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