Asparagus – A Vegetable You Need Patience For

Asparagus | Cultivate to Plate

As the title states, once you plant asparagus – don’t expect a harvest in a few weeks like your other transplants. Try a few years. But we all love asparagus, one of the one few vegetables everyone in the house likes, and wanted to plant some. We dedicated one of our garden boxes just to asparagus crowns we purchased from the nursery. While there are very specific directions for planting asparagus, I’m a fairly easy green thumb and just planted it without much fanfare. And, we just waited.

Asparagus | Cultivate to Plate

We have a few sprouts now; below here is the progress so far. This first year we are just letting it grow and get used to the box and are not harvesting any shoots. We are not doing much work until fall time when overwintering will come into play.

Asparagus | Cultivate to Plate

Beets Are Sprouting

The telltale signs of the beet sprouts – with their magenta colored leaves.

Beet Sprouts | Cultivate to Plate

Beet Sprouts | Cultivate to Plate

May 2015 Garden Update

May 2015 Garden Update

This year’s growing crop:

  • Asparagus (starting a new box – won’t be harvesting this year)
  • Strawberries
  • Japanese eggplant
  • Cucumbers
  • Rhubarb
  • Beets – Gourmet Blend
  • Garlic
  • Radishes – White Icicle and Easter Egg II
  • Carrots – Livingston’s Color Mix
  • Zucchini – green and yellow
  • Watermelon – Sugar Baby and Crimson Sweet
  • Peppers (too much this year!)
    • Shishito, Golden Bell, Giant Marconi, Golden Treasure, Sweet red bell pepper, Fushimi, Anaheim, Fresno Chili, Holy Mole, Jalapeno, Poblano Ancho, Habanero
  • Beans – Royal Burgundy (bush stringless)
  • Peas – Dwarf Grey Sugar
  • Tomatoes – Husky cherry red, Celebrity, German Queen, Yellow cherry
  • Artichokes – Green Globe and Imperial Star
  • Horseradish
  • Tumeric
  • Spinach
  • Leaf lettuces
Artichoke | Cultivate to Plate

Hot Pepper Flowers | Cultivate to Plate

Royal Burgundy Bush Stringless | Cultivate to Plate

Royal Burgundy Bush Stringless | Cultivate to Plate

Asparagus | Cultivate to Plate

Asparagus | Cultivate to Plate

Asparagus | Cultivate to Plate

Asparagus | Cultivate to Plate

Artichokes

Artichokes | Cultivate to Plate

Garden Counting 3: Cucumbers! Peppers! And a Surprise Visitor

Garden Counting 3: Cucumbers! Peppers! And a Surprise Visitor

Today was a small-patch cucumber-lover’s dream as we netted 11 in all. And as far as peppers go, it was a pretty good haul, too: 4 different varieties, 31 peppers in all. What we picked today: 11 cucumbers, 1 yellowbar zucchini, 6 shishito peppers, 3 Hungarian wax peppers, 5 hot red peppers (I think jalapenos that turned red), 17 small (jalapeno?) peppers. The red and green chiles were from seedlings two years ago, see below. The little pickers also found 2 grape tomatoes and 3 tiny strawberries.

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The small green peppers and the red peppers, well, I have no idea what the variety is for each. The plants were propagated from seed two years ago. As seedlings, we thought they were goners, so we just stuck them in a pot and hoped for the best. Truthfully we kind of forgot about them. Well, they survived the cold winters and hot summers outside, two years over. We put them in the peppers section of the garden and they are now thriving. But I have no idea what kind they are. So if someone can fill me it, that would be great. The red peppers have the shape of a typical jalapeno, and taste like it, too. But the small green ones I can’t pinpoint. I cut off the tips and tasted one and it was medium-hot. It was hot, but not burning. I’m going to let the next round of the small guys redden to see if that changes anything. They all were about an inch long, and no more. They look like perfect old-fashioned Christmas lights.

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Our surprise visitor wasn’t really a welcome one at all. And usually they are fond of tomato plants. Today, I found a tomato hornworm on a pepper plant. Apparently, they aren’t discriminatory. It was soon flicked over the fence into the dry wilderness to fend for itself.

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Counting Watermelons

Counting Watermelons

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We counted watermelons. The kids were ecstatic! When we first planted them in their garden boxes, they were neatly identified by their garden stakes. Now, the watermelon vines have grown in and are completely tangled and trailing each other everywhere.

By looking at them, I think identify them through their shapes and colors as babies: Klecky’s watermelon is oval, large, dark rind with light striping; Sugar Baby watermelon is round; Yellow watermelon has a light green rind with dark green striping; and Moon and Stars – well we couldn’t find any yet so we’ll have to wait.

Of course, some of the meandering watermelon are still too young to identify as of yet – so maybe we will have a harvest time surprise.

Today’s Tally From Our Findings

Sugar Baby4
Klecky's2
Moon & Stars0 :(
Yellow3

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What did you count in your garden today?