What a month! Instead of diving into my spring garden as I promised in last month’s update, we decided to put our house up on the market – and it sold in a weekend. But just because we’re moving doesn’t mean that I didn’t grow great things in my garden this month! 🙂
I’m surprised daily by how easy this leafy green was to grow. It’s also number 7 on the dirty dozen list for foods with the most pesticide residues so I’m happy to grow it myself. Spinach will definitely make my “must grow” list in the future.
For every spinach salad I eat, my husband eats kale. He loves it. And I love him so I threw kale seeds in my garden. The kale took off and, like spinach, it’s on the dirty dozen list so growing it at home is the best option.
They’re back! When my original tomato plants stopped flowering in the fall, I removed 3 tomato plants to make room for the kale and spinach in my raised bed. Then, I dramatically cut back the remaining 3 plants. I wasn’t sure they would make it through the winter, but they survived freezing temperatures in February and bloomed again in early March. I’ve been eating fresh tomatoes now for two weeks and they’re delicious.
Not to jinx my crop or anything, but so far, I haven’t had any issues with caterpillars or bugs. I think removing some plants helped control the wild mess of branches that welcomed unwanted critters. I mean, look at the tomato plants picture before I removed half. If I was a bug, I’d live in that.
Fresh beans were my exciting discovery this week. I noticed flowers last week and this week, we’ve got beans! I don’t think they are fully developed yet, but I picked off a bean and it tasted delicious. I’m going to leave them on the plant for another week or two. Don’t worry, I’ll write an entire post on growing beans so you can join in the fun. 🙂
I spied my first batch of blueberries growing this month. I bought (more like rescued) this bush on clearance from a Walmart garden center last July. After looking terrible for months, seeing the little berries gave me hope that it might survive. I would LOVE to have a large blueberry bush since my kids devour them by the handful.
Remember when I posted about the last cauliflower floret that was growing at the end of February? Well, it bolted. I went out one day and the florets had shot up and turned into flowers. It’s crazy how quickly a plant can go from this:
Interesting fact – did you know basil bolts too? Because I also learned that lesson the hard way in my garden this month. It’s wild to think that two months ago, I didn’t even know what the term “bolting” meant and now half my garden is bolting away in the Florida heat.
After six months, my broccoli finally decided to join the garden party and grew a floret. The seed packet said three months from seed to harvest, so I’m not sure what delayed the growth in my crop. Better late than never, right? Now the real trick will be harvesting the head of broccoli before it bolts.
So, my jalapenos turned red. Yes, bright red. Apparently, if you leave jalapenos on the plant long enough they change colors without changing flavor. (No, red doesn’t mean they are spicier. But that was my first thought too!) Production jalapeno farms pick them as soon as they are large enough to sell, so you rarely find this color in a store. But in my garden, I only harvest jalapenos when I need them for a dish. My husband gave my red jalapenos two thumbs up this week during taco night.
Remember when I grew radishes last fall? I left some in the ground next to the cauliflower just to see what would happen. The leaves never wilted so I just let them do their thing. And they kept growing…and growing…and growing!
We ate one of the giant radishes this week and they were crunchy with a hint of sweetness. Radishes last longer in the ground than in the fridge! The best part is that we still have more radishes in the ground to eat.
Last, but not least…
I spent a lot of time this month sprucing up the yard and garden to sell. I’m particularly proud of the front garden bed that I overhauled. First, I love RED mulch. It pops next to green grass and bushes. We already had some down, but I grabbed three bags and scattered the fresh mulch on top.
Second, I found a variety of small, colorful plants to line the walkway and a large purple/pink plant for the middle to give the garden bed dimension.
Last, I bought a variety of interesting flowers to plant in the big clay pots next to my front door. I love picking flowers with different colors and textures and planting them together. My daughter loved the “furry” leaves on the small white plant below. (It’s called a “Dusty Miller.”)
Another month of gardening is in the books. Did you plant anything new this month? I’d love to know how it’s going – or should I say GROWING! 🙂
Do you want to start a garden? Here are some of my simple posts to get you started:
- Egg cartons are a great way to start seeds.
- Radishes and mixed greens are super easy starter crops.
- Here is a tutorial on making simple, affordable raised garden beds.
- If you’re looking for soil, here is my review of mushroom dirt.
- Here’s a review of my first garden ever.