Last week I cracked open my copy of Month-by-Month Gardening in the Carolinas thinking I’d make a calendar for when I should start planting different types of spring vegetables. I was patting myself on the back for being ahead of the game and then I saw that some seeds should be started in January–so, once again, I was already behind schedule. I ordered some seeds and a seed starting kit that day and this weekend I started seeds for:
- Bleu of Solaise Leeks
- Purple of Romagna Artichokes
- Red Creole Onions
- Bacalan de Rennes Cabbage
- Giant of Italy Parsley
- Fractal Romanesco Broccoli
- Calabrese Green Sprouting Broccoli
- Purple of Sicily Cauliflower
- Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts
- He Shi Ko Bunching Onions
After reading the first gardening book, I found another source that said I had about a month to go to plant most of these, but a third book agreed with the first. So it was two against one. Plus, given how long it took for some of these to grow in the fall (I still have no Brussels sprouts or cabbage), I think I’m better off starting things earlier rather than later.
Instead of doing newspaper pots like last time, I’m using a self-watering flat stationed underneath my Aerogarden’s grow light. I will probably return to peat or newspaper pots for the summer garden, but since I’m starting these inside (and the tray needs to fit on the Aerogarden), I figured this would be less of a mess. I’m so excited for my spring garden!
That said, almost everything from fall is still hanging in there. I harvested cauliflower from each plant, so I pulled all of those since they don’t get side shoots. I also removed the largest broccoli plant because it started getting droopy and sad looking. The remaining broccoli plants are producing some small secondary heads, which we’ll probably have in curry on Friday.
I have no idea what’s going on with the chard, but all of the larger leaves got droopy last week, so I cut them off. Again. It seems like as soon as I think I’m going to have some leaves big enough to eat, something happens to them! In this picture, they actually don’t look too bad–maybe we should have tried eating them?
I decided it was time to pull the remaining carrots, beets, and radishes from the garden because it’s been a few months since they were supposed to mature. The beets had grown about an inch tall above the ground, so not surprisingly, they produced nothing. The carrots that I had left in were tiny little nubs too. I got a few hailstone radishes which were big enough to eat, although I don’t like radishes and my husband forgot to eat them. Sigh.
So are you gearing up for your spring gardening yet? What are you going to be growing?