Mary's Veggie Garden

March 19, 2012

Harvest Monday, March 19

Filed under: Broccoli,Cabbage,Gardening,Greens,Kohlrabi,Lettuce,Peas,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 9:22 am

In 1979, the old-timer next door advised me that St. Patrick’s day is the traditional time to plant peas in the Hudson Valley. Well, now I’m the age of that old-timer and for the second time in my life I’ve planted peas on March 17. The first time I planted early I decided that an earlier harvest (3-4 days) was not worth planting in the cold & wet.

2011-2012 was not our typical winter. The ground froze only briefly and only a couple of inches. The past week the temperature has been in the 60’s & 70’s. Lovely weather, though the garden is getting quite dry. I took a thermometer out to the garden and measured the soil temperature. On 3/18 it was 70 on the surface (in the afternoon sun) and 51 degrees F. 6″ down. Plenty warm enough to plant peas.

3/14 Wednesday: finished the layouts for both gardens. (I’ll post them next week.)

3/15 Thursday: finished teaching Vegetable Gardening A-Z for 2012.

3/16 Friday: started lettuce for transplants

3/17 Saturday: started cabbage, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, beets, and kohlrabi for transplants. Outside I planted 20′ of Dwarf White Sugar snow peas along the fence. I bought the seed in 2010 and didn’t test it, so I’ve got my fingers crossed.

3/18 Sunday: planted 10′ of Oregon Sugar Pod II snow peas and Bloomsdale spinach in a couple of rows down the other side of the bed opposite the peas.

3/19. The onions were planted 3/7 and the lettuce, just emerging, was planted 3/16.

Celeriac has tiny seed which is slow to sprout. This was planted 3/7 and sprouts are still emerging on 3/19.

All my seedlings are doing well. It’s been so warm that the seedlings have been out in the sun 4-6 hours every day, from the time they first emerged. They overnight inside, under the lights.  I potted up most of the sweet potatoes that were rooting last week. The Georgia Jets have been the slowest to root and several are still in water.

Rooted sweet potatoes for growing slips have been potted up.

Harvest: more salad of mache, chives, parsley & sorrel. Some of the mache is threatening to bolt and has lost its sweetness. New this week: violet leaves and leaves from a few mustard plants that sprouted last fall and over-wintered. New mustard is sprouting in the garden.

See Daphne’s Dandelions for more Harvest Mondays and discover what other gardeners are doing across the U.S.A. and around the world.


  1. Hi Mary,
    I just want to let you know how much I enjoy your blog!!! I just recently let Norma know the same about her blog too. Between the two of you I have learned soooooo much. Thanks.

    Comment by Judy Killmer — March 19, 2012 @ 4:28 pm | Reply

    • Judy, you are very welcome. I’m learning from Norma, too. We’ve each explored different areas in depth.


      Comment by marysveggiegarden — March 19, 2012 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

  2. I’m sure your pea seed will sprout just fine; I recently sprouted 10 yr old tomato seeds, tho that is pushing it quite a bit. Love all your little seedlings; great harvests in the making!

    Comment by maryhysong — March 19, 2012 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

    • Seed lifetime is different for each vegetable. I have some of the pea seed sprouting in a bowl in the kitchen – I’m waiting to see the sprouts before planting any more. The older it is, the drier it is, the longer it takes. I’d never have guessed 10 years for a tomato. Do you keep the seed in a freezer?


      Comment by marysveggiegarden — March 20, 2012 @ 9:56 am | Reply

  3. Mary, You sure were busy this past week. Your seedlings look great.
    It is the other way around, I am learning from you.

    Comment by Norma Chang — March 20, 2012 @ 7:25 am | Reply

    • We are learning from each other and it’s things we never discuss when we see each other at Locust Grove. There are things we each customarily do, that the other has never thought of.


      Comment by marysveggiegarden — March 20, 2012 @ 9:50 am | Reply

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