THIS WEEK’S SUBSCRIBER MENU:
• Salad Mix
• Stir-Fry Greens
• Collard Greens or Pea Shoots or Lambsquarter
• Beet Greens or Cilantro
• Fresh Garlic
Click on the links above for information and recipes about these crops.
Sugar Snap Peas
Last week was prime for planting. It was cool, but dry, with the promise of a good rain, followed by a good warm spell. We replanted the beans, pickling cucumbers, and summer squashes—something ate half of the rows, or they rotted. Hard to say which.
I used the old Planet Junior to plant by hand certain crops—the third planting of bush beans, some more shelling beans, and parsnips and salsify for winter. The Planet Junior doesn’t have set apertures, so it lets odd-shaped and large seeds fall out easily. I also used this to get the corn planted. (Yay, corn this year!)
Mike used the 1941 Cub tractor with belly-mounted planters to sow the uniform seed crops—another sowing of dill, cilantro, and spinach, more beets, chard, and kale, and some kohlrabi, purslane, and odds and ends. These planters use set seed measurements so they make for even, uniform sowing.
We also finally got the winter squashes and pumpkins planted, and Mike started making beds for cauliflower, broccoli, and the BIG planting of basil.
Things are looking good for next week. The pea plants are loaded, both sugar snap and shelling peas, and we’ll be able to open the u-pick area. The new carrots, turnips, and arugula are looking great, and the cucumbers are blooming like crazy. Even the tomatoes are kicking into gear finally. Summer is finally on the way!