My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

TALLY HO! APRIL May 3, 2009


The numbers are in for April, 133 eggs and 19 pounds 11 ounces of produce. Most of April’s produce was peas, some spinach, purple broccoli, carrots, beets, lettuce, chard and lambs quarters. Totals do not include things fed to the rabbits and chickens, like stray clover plants, overgrown lambs quarters, bolting spinach and broccoli plants. Nor do they include grazing by small children!
Looking ahead, the peas will likely peter out towards the end of this month, as it gets hotter and dryer [they really like cool climates like England or the Pacific Northwest]. As the peas go out the new potatoes should start being ready. The garlic and onions should be ready to pull in June. I just planted some bush beans, with more on the way. They take 8-10 weeks from seed to beginning of harvest. Now that it is staying warmer at night I can plant corn and pole beans, including lima’s.
Knowing it will be very hot and dry during June and the beginning of July, I’ll start some other crops in soil blocks this week that will really enjoy that type of weather, like okra and black eyed peas.  I’m not certain how soon all those little green tomatoes will be turning red and yellow, but usually the big flush of tomatoes and tomatillos will come towards the end of the summer.
Between now and July I’ll be thinking about what I want to eat this winter, like turnips, beets, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower, because July and August are the times to start them.
In the meantime trying to find enough compost to keep up with the things that need it now!

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