Posted by Bill Thorness
on Mar 22nd, 2015 in Blog
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I took a photo break from gardening on yesterday’s sunny Saturday afternoon, the first full day of spring. Here are images from my garden.
Broad Windsor fava beans are just a foot tall, but starting to flower.
A new perennial kale, called Kosmic, was recently introduced by Oregon’s Log House Plants. I like its variegated leaves.
Overwintered Chablis carrots are finally starting to sprout some new leaves.
Lacinato kale is in full flower. Leave have turned bitter, but I’ll let it stand to feed the early pollinators.
The mustards Ruby Streak and Green Wave sprouted thickly.
The spring cloche, planted two weeks ago, shows crammed rows of sprouts, and a couple of bare spots where the seed (probably too old) did not germinate. That’s an opportunity for a second wave of planting.
Newly planted bok choy seedlings are being protected under a grid of green fiberglass hoops covered in floating row cover.
The last of the winter lettuce heads are ready to cut. This cold frame, which has a swiveling front panel, is wide-open for the warm weather.
More mature lettuce from winter. This lineup includes, l-r, Red Velvet, Little Gem, Bronze Arrowhead and Simpson.
Giant Winter spinach, also a holdover from the cloche, is ready for cutting, along with its arugula neighbor.
Garlic always stands so cheerily above its mulch this time of year.
Champion collard in flower.
A new asparagus crown is sending up its slender, second-year shoots.
Osaka Purple mustard has been spicing up our salads all spring. Now the leaves are almost too hot.
It is indeed sprouting season, and the shoots of overwintered Purple Sprouting broccoli is on our table nearly every day.
Sugar Ann snap peas on compact, overwintered vines are still in the cold frame, and already producing.