Mary's Veggie Garden

May 13, 2013

Harvest Monday 5/13/2013

Filed under: Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 7:32 am

I made a quick dash out to the garden in the rain Saturday to snip herbs for a roast and noticed my first radishes were ready. I returned to the house for a colander then foraged a salad.

Clockwise from radishes: Cherry Bell radishes, claytonia (miner's lettuce), sorrel, Winterbor Kale, a few red lettuce leaves, Red Giant mustard, and, in the center, Rosemary.

Clockwise from radishes: Cherry Bell radishes, claytonia (miner’s lettuce), sorrel, Winterbor Kale, a few red lettuce leaves, Red Giant mustard, and, in the center, Rosemary.

The rain is wonderful. Since Wednesday 1.7″ has fallen, the first rain this month and more than the scanty 1.3″ total for April.  It took me a while to realize that all our gloomy, drizzly April days were producing very little precipitation.  Two weeks ago I finally started watering and mulching.  I always weed thoroughly before mulching, but with the soil so dry, there were few weeds. I started watering too late to save most of the first spinach planting, but the second planting is doing OK.

Early last week I harvested 2 pounds of rhubarb. The stalks were short but thick. The rhubarb looks like it has doubled in height since the rain started.  I don’t water the rhubarb because there is always far more than I need.  So I notice how much a drought stunts it. The leaves laying on the ground have 12-15″ stalks while the new leaves fountaining up in the center of each cluster have 20-23″ stalks .

Rhubarb enjoying the rain

Rhubarb enjoying the rain

A cold front moved in late yesterday and tonight the forecast is for widespread frost. It’s lucky that I started my tomato seeds two weeks late; they are so small that I am not even tempted to transplant.

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5 Comments »

  1. Nice collection of salad greens, thought I lost my red mustard, but have many in the garden now, very happy. Need to protect my fig tree tonight, not sure how I am going to do it.

    Comment by Norma Chang — May 13, 2013 @ 9:19 am | Reply

    • The red mustard was late this year. Sprouting time depends on soil temperatures. Sometimes the mache and mustard overlap, but this year the mache was bolting before the mustard sprouted.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — May 13, 2013 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

  2. Glad to hear you got some much needed rain. We often have that experience of having overcast days and light showers which is misleading in that it really is not producing all that much actual rain to irrigate.

    Comment by kitsapfg — May 13, 2013 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

  3. Your rhubarb looks pretty far along and yet you have tiny tomato plants? Seems strange to me. I’ve got full sized tomatoes blushing already! The weather has been strange of late.

    Comment by Barbie — May 13, 2013 @ 1:32 pm | Reply

    • The rhubarb is a well established perennial. It’s been in that spot for 14 years and is quite happy. It is the first thing up in spring. Nobody in NYS has ripening tomatoes right now unless the plants are in a heated greenhouse.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — May 13, 2013 @ 4:36 pm | Reply


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