Mary's Veggie Garden

April 4, 2020

Early April in the Hudson Valley Vegetable Garden 4/4/2020

Filed under: Lettuce,Peas,Radishes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 5:19 pm
Daikon radish ‘April Cross’ planted 3/24, emerged 4/4.

I’ve started outdoor planting! March 24 I sowed the seeds of snow peas, spinach, salad radishes and daikon radishes. Today I planted sugar snap peas, daikon radishes and komatsuna. Turnip and beet seed will be sown by 4/15. All these crops can be direct sown and they thrive in the cool weather of spring. For very detailed directions on planting peas see . The directions apply to snow and snap peas as well as shelling peas.

After planting the peas, I placed fencing flat on the ground to prevent squirrels from digging for the nuts they buried last autumn. After the peas sprout this piece of fence will be placed upright as the trellis.
Seed Germination boxes aka plastic storage boxes keep seeds moist while sprouting.

My germination box is always full. As soon a pot of seeds sprouts, it is placed under the grow lights and replaced by a newly sown vegetable. The germination boxes currently contain peppers, more peppers, a second planting of kohlrabi and bunching onions. In a week I’ll start the tomatoes and a few tomatillos.

I’ve started hardening off my cool weather transplants so each day they spend a bit more time in the sun and a bit less time under the grow lights.

Seedlings for transplanting 4/15-5/1, starting with the lettuces in the upper center and right.

September 4, 2017

9/4/2017 Harvest Monday – Late August harvests

Filed under: Lettuce,Sweet Potatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 4:59 pm

The last two weeks have been anomalously cool with highs in the 70’s and a low of 42 – ideal weather for gardening – if not for ripening peppers.

My plots at the Vassar Farm community gardens are producing abundantly.

8/21 Sungold tomatoes and the first bell pepper.

The Sungold plants have passed their peak and Septoria is killing the foliage. I’ll remove them soon.

Edamame Soy, Honey Select Sweet Corn, Yaya carrots and Garden Treasure and Garden Gem tomatoes.

Summer Crisp lettuce: Muir and Carioca plus the last of the broccoli side shoots.

I am very impressed by Muir Summer Crisp lettuce. The loose-leaf heads are good-sized and they hold well in the garden for quite a long time (ie 2 weeks before bolting, even in August.) Even after the plant starts bolting the leaves stay sweet and crisp. Plus Muir bolts very, very slowly.

Copra onions curing 8/21. The onion crop has been cleaned and stored in mesh bags hanging from the basement ceiling – 36 pounds.

At home, I am greeted by this magnificent 8′ tall goldenrod by the garden gate.

This volunteer goldenrod fominates this corner of the garden. The butternut squash is climbing over it to get some sun.

Bees cover the goldenrod most of the day probably a hundred at any time. Wasps, ranging from midget to full-sized, also feed on the goldenrod.

Highlander peppers are mildly hot. I chopped & froze these to use in winter pizzas and chili.

Felicity jalapenos have no heat!  These are the first beans form my early July planting of Hickok bush beans.

The Helda pole beans are producing again after resting in early August.

My neighbor at the community gardens started digging sweet potatoes in late August and they look very good. Purple SPs get big fast, plus rodents chew on them in the fall.  I’ve decided to get them out while they are good – plus they will be a smaller, more manageable size if harvested now. So I’ve started groping around under the sweet potato plants and pulling out any roots I can find while leaving the plants to grow more roots.

Purple sweet potatoes. The biggest is almost 3 pounds.

I found this Purple snake by stepping on it. It was growing  horizontally on top of the soil under thick leaf mulch.

Purple sweet potato snake 16″ long.


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