The fava beans are growing well.
That cabbage I harvested between
taking the above two pictures is still adding sweet
crunchiness to salads as I type this. The other three are
moving towards harvestible soon.
The grapes are still asleep, so
I'm not going to worry about them shading the cabbage at all.
I figure the cabbage will be gone before they cast much of a
shadow at all.
The daffodils didn't last that
long as pretty flowers. I'm really startled how different the
greens look from the two different cameras. Maybe one factor
is that I've harvested a lot of the oldest leaves. Probably
another factor is the overcast sky. Gotta try again on a sunny
I'm so happy about how the collards are growing. I was
concerned when I saw the flowers that they would bolt and be
finished the way broccoli can. I talked to the master gardener
and he said "some of them bolt and some of them don't." His
advice is to keep harvesting as long as the leaves are sweet.
Nowadays that's two or three one pound harvests every week.
It's rare for those leaves to last even one day in my fridge.
I eat them right away! Yummy.
I wonder if that's a birth
defect or some insect making an egg receptacle or something. I
harvested that leaf and did a surgical investigation. Found
one blobby brown thing, but not a cache of eggs or anything
These are my
favorite collard plants right now. They're collard bushes!
Those rose shoots are weeds. I'm
going to let the one behind the collard grow long enough to
see what the flowers look like, but I'm expecting the same
little ones I got there last summer. At least having taken out
the bush I get a much smaller one that's further back and
hopefully out of the way. If I don't like what it does I won't
have any issues with pulling it out. I'm curious how long it
will be before I get flowers from it to judge.
The little collard to the right of the daffodils is also the
plant in the right picture, two weeks later. I like how it's
developing. I've notice that harvesting the leaves that turn
purple like that stimulates the plant to pay more attention to
the rest of the leaves, which causes them to grow a little
faster. Also, that leaf was done growing. Waiting any longer
would have made it inedible. As it was it was plenty tasty.
The artichoke isn't producing
flowers yet. Seems like a big healthy bush though. The lady
from near the front with several artichoke plants said I
should get around twenty youngish flowers off the thing. Last
year I remember getting three or four. I fertilized it a bit
when I noticed it was waking up. It still doesn't want much
water, so I leave it alone mostly.
That tomato plant got frost
bitten the night after I planted it. Wasn't expecting that.
That was my inspiration for planting the seeds in the pots.
The horseradish is just
beginning to send up shoots. Talking to the mustard eating
master gardener, she told me "Russians like planting
horseradish and beets near each other." I gather they help
each other out somehow. Maybe I should plant a ring of beets
around the horseradish...
The broccoli plants are sending
up secondary shoots, as expected. Maybe it works out to a
serving a week from the four plants that are big enough to
The current is still asleep. I'm
looking forward to finding out what currents are like.
I like to think the peas are
growing, but it's hard to see the progress. Fingers crossed!
I think that mini-tulip cluster
flower thing is a hyacinth. It did smell good for about a
week. Gotta stake it next year.
I'm liking those fava flowers!
They mean fava beans are just around the corner. I've seen
several different types of bees browsing the flowers. Haven't
taken a picture of one feeding. Ought to do that.
That handful of leaves is a
typical collard harvest. Generally works out to about a pound
of greens, of which maybe ten ounces of which actually go in
the steamer. The rest are stems that I donate to Marci's
I took out this kale plant
because it had aphids. Gotta figure out what to do about that.
It's the second plant I've had to sacrifice because of them.
Very unhappy about that. Gotta figure out how to get rid of
the ants that are farming them to.
Talking to Marci the master
gardener, she said to just leave them be. For one thing
they'll attract ladybugs who will reward you by eating LOTS of
aphids and keeping the damage under control. For another
thing, the soapy water that makes the aphids easy prey for
other things repels the lady bugs, which prevents those from
doing their work. For another, the soap makes the leaves taste
soapy. She said that if I harvest something with lots of
aphids on it, just rinse it off in very salty water. That
makes the aphids float off. She also pointed out that the
aphids have a tendency to only go after the weaker plants, so
the happy campers just keep getting better. So I'm going to
just watch the situation develop and pray that it works out.