Although we both would have rather been sitting on the front porch reading and/or napping, there was much Spring gardening and yard work to do. Luckily the weather was beyond beautiful which made it much easier to haul our butts outside to get some work done; high was 54 with not a cloud in the sky.
Tom has been out of town for a while so this was his first opportunity to get back to the strawberries. There were 12 plants left over from the first planting so he bought some dirt, filled up several pots, and planted the remaining strawberries.
The first round of plants have already started to flower.
According to Master Gardener Jerry Baker, we are to pinch off all the berries that form between now and mid-summer. This will ensure a Fall crop this year and two harvests each year thereafter. It's hard to see but in the dead center of this photo you can see a berry starting. Off with it's head!
Spring = greens, greens, and more greens which makes TY happy, happy and more happy! I harvested four bags of kale and four bags of collards. These were from plants that were overwintered, proving that it does pay to plant things in late Fall/early Winter for an early Spring harvest. We had already planted more kale and collards several weeks ago so hopefully we'll get one more round of greens before the heat of the summer hits.
What does one do with so many greens?
- Friday night was kale pesto pasta.
- Saturday morning we added kale to our breakfast green smoothie.
- Saturday night it was sauteed collards with grit cakes, tomatoes and eggs.
- Tonight there's a BIG kale salad waiting for us with some fish on the side.
- Tomorrow night we'll have sauteed collards with more fish.
- Tuesday night Tom will make grits and greens.
- And any greens left over after all this will make its way into our breakfast smoothies the rest of the week. (I know you wish you were here, Rebecca.)
What?! Another batch of greens? Yes, but this is lettuce and spinach. This was also overwintered. Lunch for the week!
There was a freeze warning last night (temps dropped into the 20s) which is exactly why we left the hoops up on the bed with growing greens. Tom covered them up for the night and everything survived just fine.
While Tom was busy breaking our lawn mower, I got busy planting the rest of the Spring seeds which included:
- snow peas
- snap peas
- onions (2 varieties)
- carrots (2 varieties)
- cabbage (round 2)
All four beds are now fully planted for the Spring. Next up, we'll start summer veg in pots and keep them in the greenhouse until the weather gets nice and hot.