Wednesday, May 22, 2013

More from a school garden

This Spring has seen a phenomenal radish harvest.  In the past, many of our radishes have been small or have bolted before producing a good root, but this year there's been a huge success rate, plus some beet-sized radishes.  I believe the weather conditions are to credit, not the seeds. 

Most other Spring crops are ready.  We'll soon be harvesting arugula, spinach, lettuce, and also some baby kale.  Below is some kale and chard that were planted in early April.  After six weeks since being sowed, the kale can be thinned out with "baby kale" harvested, leaving fewer plants to continue.  The chard, to the left of the kale, is showing it's true form, but still very small.

All in all, it looks like our early planting was a huge success.  If we harvested all the short-season crops today, and then started the later plantings, we would be pretty much aligned with most gardeners that don't start thinking about their garden until mid-May.  There's not much risk in delaying the later planting, by sowing some frost-tolerant crops in March..  Also, from the photo to the right, it appears that our chard and kale plants, that were direct sown are surely just as mature as most plant starts that later gardeners tend to buy.

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