Mary's Veggie Garden

March 19, 2020

Late March in the Vegetable Garden

Filed under: Herbs,Seeds,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 12:22 pm

3/18/2020 Nobs of emerging rhubarb and rhubarb leaves starting to unfurl.


3/12 Started transplants: a 6-pack each of Cimmaron Romaine and Two Star loose leaf lettuce and a 4 -pack of celeriac. The lettuce sprouted and was moved under grow lights. Celeriac sprouts are much slower.


Fencing: I am replacing half of the 20 year old fence around my home vegetable garden. The 5′ high wire fence was damaged by deer leaping over during droughts and the 2″x4″ mesh does not block baby bunnies. I’m on a strict schedule, the fence must be finished by the time peas emerge. The old fencing has been removed and new fencing purchased.

Garlic: I planted my garlic last fall and shoots of German White emerged in early March. Chesnok Red has just emerged. It is time to fertilize. I use an 3-4-3 fertilizer formulated for root crops and fertilize each plant individually. Fertilizer is sprinkled on the soil after shifting the mulch.


Plant peas soon: I always plant snow peas by 4/1 but this year I might try earlier, maybe 3/22. The soil is warming quickly and the crocuses are blooming, the earliest in my 20 years of record keeping. The soil temperature about 6″ deep was 33°-35° on 3/9 but is warming quickly. On 3/18 soil temperature was up around 45°.

3/21 – I’ll sow seeds fort transplants of broccoli, cabbage, Napa cabbage, kohlrabi and additional lettuce.

Perennial herbs are hardening off outside. The rosemary was overwintered in a pot in front of a south facing basement window. The thyme and sage are new. All will be planted outside the new garden fence.


Chives and garlic chives are shooting out of the mulch. I started harvesting this week by snipping shoots at the base. Both add flavor to omelettes.

Common chives emerging 3/18/2020. The leaves of common chives are tubes.
Garlic chives are emerging from the mulch. Garlic chives sport flat leaves.

July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017 Community Gardens Plot Tour and Harvest

Filed under: Cabbage,Floating Row Cover,Lettuce,Onions,Seeds,Sweet Potatoes,Tomatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 6:40 pm

Yesterday, I photographed my garden plot at the Vassar Farm Community Gardens. My plot is 20’x40′ laid out in beds 3.5’x14′ with 18″  wide beds along the fence.

This lovely weed, possibly a white heath aster, greets me at the gate. The old 2×4’s weigh down cardboard that keeps weeds out of the fence.

Overwintered Swiss Chard blooms just inside the gate.

Swiss chard is a biennial, blooming its second year. Sown May 2016, this plant survived the winter under a heap of abandoned light weight floating row cover. In forty years of growing chard, this is the first I’ve seen survive the winter. I’ve often wondered what happened the second summer.

Peppermint Swiss chard before harvest.

Two hours later – chard after harvesting 4 pounds.

The floating row cover protects broccoli, cabbage and kale from the ravages of cross-striped cabbage worms and imported cabbage worms. Background – my preferred vehicle for traveling to the Farm.


Foreground – sweet potatoes; back – cucumbers. The cucumbers had been growing under a row cover for protection against the bacterial wilt spread by cucumber beetles. I uncovered them for pollination when they started flowering a couple days ago.


A shade cover keeps a new carrot planting moist while germinating.

The shade cover is a piece of concrete reinforcing wire covered by a piece of old sheet. I sewed leftover bias binding to the sheet corners to use as ties.  I start a new section of carrots every 2 weeks during June and July. Even with shade I water the seed bed every 2-3 days. Germination is excellent under the cover.

The tiny plants in the foreground are more sweet potatoes. They are growing very slowly this year. The row cover protects cabbages and Chinese cabbages. Edemame soy beans and  corn are growing in the bed behind the row cover. Butternut squash is just beyond and tomatoes are last. The tomato plants are short and bushy because they were shredded by hail in early June.

The west side – Copra and Cabernet onions are against the fence. Bush beans are growing & flowering under the row cover for protection against Mexican Bean beetles.  Behind the beans are a few beets and a planting of summer crisp lettuces.

In the front are two blooming Cimmaron Romaine lettuce plants. Behind are my first carrot planting and more onions.

I try to harvest all the lettuce before it bolts but I always plant too much. I allow the last plants that bolt to set seed. I want to select for plants with delayed bolting when I save seed.

Harvest is the last job before I bike home. I try to keep the food in the shade of the bike, but there is precious little shade at noon. Shown here: 4 pounds of chard, some Lactinato kale and a bag of broccoli – one head and lots of side shoots. The onions and lettuce didn’t make the picture and the strawberries were eaten.


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