April 27, 2015
We are harvesting spinach every other day from seed planted the first of March. I have been planting more every two weeks. We are just starting to harvest a little from the mid-March planting. I plant about 8 square feet each time. I am going to double that for next year. I would like to be able to harvest some every day.Our lettuce and kale are growing nicely but it will be awhile before we are able to have a different type of salad green. That is okay. Spinach is our favorite salad! I grate some apple to put on the spinach leaves and that is how we eat it every time. YUM!
Other harvests that will be coming soon are peas and strawberries. I planted our strawberries last March. They looked great last year and spread like crazy. This winter, I covered them with chicken manure and woodchips. I was so nervous they would not come through but they have and I have never seen such healthy-looking plants OR a strawberry plant with so many blooms! Pictures just don’t do them justice. One of our last bulbs has bloomed. Now we’re just waiting on our tulips. The bulbs are just starting to some up.We have spotted some green on our fig trees we ordered this winter! The tops are dead…But we saw green at the bottom! I have never had fig trees before. Should I cut some of the tops off or just let it be and see what happens? Our other fig is not showing any green.
Are you harvesting yet? Or are you planting like crazy, like me, dreaming of future harvests? Check out what others are harvesting at Daphne’s Dandelions.
Btw, here’s the latest modification on the chick’s coop:We no longer have to transfer chicks (little or big) into a coop at night. The mama hen takes the baby chicks into the coop straight into the dog crate while the bigger chicks have a separate door to go into the same coop. All that is left to do is to add roosts and to paint it. Who wants to do that for me? I would rather work in the garden then paint a coop
Those strawberry flowers are looking really good. I was out checking on mine, but no flowers yet. I did get their hoops ready though. I need to make a handful more. I have to cover them or the squirrels won’t let me have any.
I added chicken manure pellets to my strawberries this year and it seems too have done the trick too, lots of flowers! I don’t have my own chickens but would like to one day, then there will be free manure too!