We are growing lots of food here at the Dandelion Wrangler!
In our second year growing edibles and with the introduction of the back patch. We have been able to devote more space in these raised beds for a larger variety of plants. More room to experiment, with planting patterns and spacing issues.
Generally, I’m just trying to figure out what the hell I’m doing.
So far I’m feeling good about this year. I already see some things I’ll do differently next year. But right now, in this moment, everything is looking good!
The peas are growing strong, shooting straight up the trellis! I am looking forward to this harvest most of all!
The Lettuce is getting much bigger. Some of the seedling I transplanted a few weeks back have been taken by our recent terrible weather. Although the majority of them are thriving! I love this red leaf lettuce. It not only taste good, but it looks good too!
Other greens are also looking pretty tasty these days.
The Cucumbers have strengthened. The result of pounding rain and winds, I guess.
The Swiss Chard that we planted last week is sprouting. I love their colour! What contrast!Still in the same raised bed, the Burgundy Bean are growing well. We are not the only one’s who’ve noticed. Someone has been chomping on it’s leaves. Note to self: must get copper tape.
The Asparagus has sent out a few small spears to claim their space. . This is a veg I can get excited about! I love asparagus! I’m already envisioning a nice steak (sorry vegetarians, I’m a meat girl!) with some lightly sauteed Asparagus spears. Mmmmmmmm! The Globe Artichokes seem to have taken well with their new homes.
The Pineapple Sage will be flowering any day. What a delicious herb! The smell is divine!
The carrots seem to be growing well. I can already tell. I should have seeded more. Is it too late. Can I still direct sow for summer crops of carrots? Anyone wiser know?The California Bell Pepper, and red Pepper are still growing, although they look like they miss the sun. (Pssst, me too!)In one of the barrel planters I was happy to see this little seedling is still with us. After a few major storms rolled in over the past while, it had fallen over. It didn’t look good for this tiny tomato plant. Still I brushed off the dirt, helped it up and then crossed my fingers.
Tada! I think it looks bigger than when I last saw it.
The larger tomato plants didn’t need the same superstitious finger crossing. These plants have seen most of springs wicked winds and rain. It has made them only stronger, more determined. From the looks of it a few of the plants are about to start flowering.Some of the annual seeds that the kids planted are growing .
They are thrilled. Substantial progress! It’s such fun to watch them, watch their seedlings grow. Such a mix of wonder, awe, and serious excitement!
So that’s what going on in the raised beds this week. Stay tuned this weekend for a follow up post on the back patch and all things growing back there!