Saturday, April 24, 2010

Early Spring Garden Update

Or ESGU. If Rachael Ray can make annoying acronyms, why can't I? ;)

The weather 'round here is relatively springish, and about 50% of what I want to have in the garden and yard for this year is already out. So far, I've put in -

*Sugar Snap Peas (Cascade & Oregon varieties)
*Redbor Kale
*Strawberries (Hood & Rainier varieties) - These are in addition to last year's returning strawberries.
*Horseradish Root
*Stevia (Giving this a try. It is apparently an annual in these parts, so we'll see how it goes.)
*Cylindrical Beets
*Carrots (Cosmic Purple, Red-corded Chantenay and "Little Fingers", a stump-rooted variety)
*Potatoes (Yellow Finn, Russett & Yukon Gold)

Still to go -
*Cocozelle Squash (zucchini)
*Cucumbers (Homemade Pickles variety)
*Delicata Squash
*Burgess Buttercup Squash
*Cinderella Pumpkins
*Mammoth Dill
*Lettuces, Chard, Arugula (still under the grow lights)

The farmers market had tomato plants for sale today, but I'm once bitten, twice shy about putting 'maters out this soon. The weather has been highly unpredictable and I'd hate to waste my time and money, and that poor little plant's life on a foolish gamble against Mother Nature. However long it takes for our first tomato to be ripe, is how long it'll take. I've found that delayed gratification usually results in a better experience in most cases, especially in the case of a backyard tomato.


  1. So far, we've got bell peppers, banana peppers, chili peppers, jalapeno peppers, cayenne peppers, cucumbers, crookneck squash, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, strawberries and verious herbs. Coming this week, two more varieties of tomatoes (one striped one and the other a white tomato), serano (sp?) peppers, small watermelon (grown in a kiddie pool), sugar pie pumpkins (ditto), zucchini, and carrots (don't know what variety until I pick them at the nursery..never grown them before).

    I can't wait to eat it all! :)

  2. Maaaannnnn! Half of the things that you're growing wouldn't work up here in the North. I'm way jealous of all of your peppers and watermelon. I've tried both, but our summers just aren't long enough. :(

  3. aww that's disappointing! I'd like to grow onions, peas, and lettuce but I can't because it's too late/too hot here.