April 2013, week 2: soggy state of the garden

Incessant rains have not stopped for last 5-6 days, everything is wet and soggy. Flood of rain and pellet size hail are washing away tender seedlings and dampening my gardening spirits  as well.

April marks as seed starting/transplanting month, amount of harvests in June/July depend heavily on success of seed starting in April. Along the same lines, I started eggplant, lettuce in indoor trays, sown fenugreek, pak choi, beets, spinach and kale outside. For tiny seeds, I used paper towel seed mats to ensure spacing.


In between rains, I managed to peek into the garden to harvest broccoli florets and bunch of chard. Chard was used to cook with daal.

Here’s what sown this week:
Eggplant – Black Beauty (American seeds), started indoors
Methi – seeds from Indian store
beets – Detroit Dark Red (American seeds)
spinach – bloomsdale long standing (American seeds)
kale – blue curled scotch (Ed hume seeds)
pak choi – pak choi bonsai hybrid (Ferry Morse)

What’s growing:
Chard (transplanted) , Sorrel (perennial) , chives (perennial) ,Peas ,Garlic greens, bunching onion, lettuce, kale, beets, spinach, pak choi, fenugreek

What’s harvested last week?
Broccoli side shoots 
Rainbow Chard – 1 bunch – made into daal.