Monday, February 08, 2016

Monday Garden Update





There's a feeling of spring in the air!  One of the Lucases (Maria, I think) has resumed laying. Judging by her behavior, I think we're going to be getting eggs from Isabella any day. 




Every February, we have a delightfully warm week before winter recommences. As I always do, I'm worrying about our fruit trees. Will we get a freeze, and lose all the blossoms?  Will the bees be flying at all?




Because of my hectic schedule at work, which eats up so much of what should be my personal time, I missed the scion exchange this year. 




However, the grafted plums from previous seasons seem to be doing quite well. 




Our first-year asparagus is looking pretty stressed. I've never started asparagus, so I'm not sure what's typical for young plants. I anticipated tiny shoots.  But I was surprised that they all bolted so quickly after emerging from the ground. 




I expect this kind of feathery growth at the end of the growing season, not the very beginning. 

I also wonder if I need to heap up soil on the roots/crowns of these plants. So many questions. 




Our kale is as un-kill-able as ever. It grows huge woody stems, much like brussel sprouts. Despite the hardness of the stems, the leaves remain tender. 

I recently read that kale was passé. I find this hilarious.  Kale is delicious, and grows dependably all winter long. I shan't be casting it aside any time soon.



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5 comments:

Dave @ OurHappyAcres said...

Kale isn't passé here! I wonder what is taking its place at the easy-to-grow superfood table? No bees flying here, it's 26F today and I hope they are clustered together in the hive, keeping warm.

Grumpy Grinch said...

The only thing we have going is, curiously, potatoes. It seems we left some small spuds in the ground at our last harvesting; and they sent up,leaves in December. In a few weeks we'll pile,up,soil,or straw around the stems to encourage spudzilla.

Sustainable Garden Journal said...

looking at the photo of the asparagus, i think that you haven't planted you asparagus deep enough, when i planted mine a few years ago i dug a a trench 30cm (12in) wide and 20cm (8in) deep. if you go to the RHS here in the uk you should be able to get the information you need.

www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/asparagus#plant

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

The plants do seem to be oddly close to the surface. I think I'll just heap up more garden compost, and hope for the best.

ellen kirkendall said...

Signs of spring are beginning to appear here in New England, although you have to look hard to see them. Every time the snow melts I get to harvest a few collards. That's one crazy hardy plant!

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