April 2013, week 1: Spring planting

Unbelievable weather ended March on high note, it reached 72… whoo hoo. Meteorologists say that it was only 17th time Seattle reached in 70s in March since records were kept. And it wasn’t just 1 day, sunny weather and warmness continued for good 3-4 days. It gave me so much energy to get spring planting started.
Finally I got jump on planting red potatoes. There were multiple eye shoots developing on the potatoes. I cut them in half so there are about 2 eyes on each cut piece and planted them into containers. I always planted them on the strip in front yard, but this year I am planting them in container. I have big plans of re-doing the front yard strip with some pretty perennials and rock garden. Let’s see when I actually get time to get it done. I also planted frilly lettuce, sugar Ann snap peas, rainbow blend carrots.

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Spring warm weather brought my kids, their friends and moms out to the backyard. I had plenty of sorrel to share and moms were more than happy to ‘U pick’ sorrel. I am happy to share 3 bunches of green sorrel with friends.

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While digging in freezer, I found Ziploc baggies of the last years peas, silly me, I am embarrassed that I let them sit through for few months. Well, 2 bagful peas go in stir fry with soy sauce, sambal olek and some salt and out comes yummy peas. Enjoy!

Here’s what sown this week:
Peas, sugar Anne, Ed Hume seeds
Carrots, rainbow blend, Ed Hume seeds
Lettuce, frilly, Livingston seeds

What’s growing:
Broccoli (over wintered) , Chard (transplanted) , Sorrel (perennial), chives (perennial) ,Peas ,Garlic greens, bunching onion, lettuce, carrots

What’s harvested last week?
3 bunches of Green Sorrel

linking this post to Daphne’s Dandelions!

Happy Gardening!!

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Harvest Monday: 7/30/2012

July is bringing in lot of sunshine and warmth.  I picked last of the Strawberries of 2012. There are many more left, some of them have slug damage and some are perfectly good, I am leaving them for critters, bugs.  Blueberries are starting to come in, they should ripen over next 2 weeks.

On Tuesday, I picked few Strawberries, peas, pinched Basil and a single perfectly round Radish.



I picked few outer Basil leaves next day, these were promptly used in Tomato-Basil-Pepper jack grilled sandwich. I didn’t have Mozzarella at home, pepper jack worked just fine.

Thursday brought in last of the Strawberries and bowlful of Blueberries.



I made cabbage Salad for Friday potluck. Chives were picked, chopped and mixed with Cabbage/Ramen-Maggie/Vinegar/Sambal to make tangy Cabbage Salad.


Harvest Summary for week:
Strawberries: (91)
Blueberries: (94)
Peas: (28) Alaska Bush type, Ed Hume seeds. Planted April 7, harvested June 23
Basil: 2 pinches
Radish: (1) Cherry Belle, Ed Hume Seeds
Chives: 2 bunches

Harvest Monday: 6/25/2012 First Fruits


Summer is here, hardly feels like it. Fruits berries and veggie patch is looking fuller and greener day by day. Constant rain in May June has only advantage – NO watering. I am yet to water veggie patch or even front lawn for this year. Occasional sun and constant rain is a little boon for cool loving vegetables. Methi, Sorrel, peas and cabbage are thriving.


First Strawberries were picked this week, just 2 on Tuesday, they were yummy.


Few more days, and first raspberries were ripe


I picked a lone swelled French Breakfast Radish, made it into carrots-radish-onion koshimbir.



On Sunday, I picked small bunch of fenugreek Methi. It wasn’t growing much as I planted it in wrong container. I also picked outer leaves of French Sorrel (Ambat Chuka), gave me enough to make methi-chuka bhaji for one meal. Few snap peas, snips of chives and few more berries rounded a nice Sunday harvest.


Harvest Summary for week
Strawberries: (2)
Raspberries: (3)
Radish: (2) French Breakfast, Ed Hume seeds, Planted May 13, harvest on June 19
Chives: few snips
Peas: (7) Alaska Bush type, Ed Hume seeds. Planted April 7, harvested June 23
Green Sorrel (1 bunch):
Fenugreek (1 small bunch)
Happy Gardening!