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May 4 harvest

03 May 2009
12°C / 53°F

Salad. I took two pictures this time: one in the colander straight from the garden; one layed out on the cutting board to get an idea of how much actually fits into the colander.

The cutting board photo, starting in the top left corner and going anti-clockwise:

  • orach thinnings
  • lamb’s quarters, one of them with magenta spreen like colouring
  • pea shoot, the unfortunate result of pea on pea violence. One pea wrapped its tendrils so tightly around the other that it resulted in decapitation. I could’ve stopped it, but I didn’t have a pea shooter.
  • mustard
  • tatsoi
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • two radish thinnings
  • radish
  • arugula
  • chives

It was a very nice salad.


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urbandogsgarden

urbandogsgarden

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United States5b

Very nice photo.

Posted on 05 May 09 (about 10 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

Pea shooter? groan.

Posted on 05 May 09 (about 10 years ago)

I still can’t believe the greens harvests people are getting.

Posted on 05 May 09 (about 10 years ago)

I am getting hungry.

Posted on 05 May 09 (about 10 years ago)

groan. Looks yummy.

Posted on 05 May 09 (about 10 years ago)
verthandei

verthandei

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United States9a

Ahahahaha… I liked the pea shooter comment. :)

Posted on 05 May 09 (about 10 years ago)
cristyn

cristyn

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United States5b

@nax: you still dubious about starting things a month early with frost protection?

@verthandei: thanks for the vote of confidence over the chorus of groans. ;)

Posted on 05 May 09 (about 10 years ago)

See, the thing is I DID start things a month early (sans the frost protection, but we haven’t had any late frost) and yet nothing is doing any better than if I had just waited until mid-May like I usually do. This is why I’m so flummoxed by these yields. I thought, sure I’ll try this, I want stuff early, but it. didn’t. work. I think here it’s a combination of no sun and cold dirt— covering them to keep the frost off is pointless when the dirt is still only 45-50 degrees. I blame it in the lake. (I blame it on the gods! Shakes fist at sky.)

Posted on 06 May 09 (about 10 years ago)
ceae

ceae

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Canada6a

I’m definitely getting some row covers!!!
Awesome yield!

Posted on 06 May 09 (about 10 years ago)
cristyn

cristyn

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United States5b

Nax: the frost protection also warms the soil by several degrees. None of these are things that actually mind frost. They don’t need to be protected from frost the way tomatoes do. I’ve still got greens on my three season front porch that I planted in September, and the porch got down into the negatives (F) over the winter. They just grow faster with light and heat.

I could give them more light outside than inside. And I gave them heat by starting with cloches under row covers, then removing the cloches when I felt it was warm enough, then removing the row covers when it got insanely hot. They grew much faster outside with the season extenders than they did inside with the grow lights.

Posted on 06 May 09 (about 10 years ago)

Okay. I made a note in tasks— I may give it a try— any point in starting now or just wait til next year?. It’s so ridiculous to be such an experienced gardener and not know this stuff. I don’t so much mind not having lettuce, but it would be amazing to leeks and chard and spinach already.

Posted on 06 May 09 (about 10 years ago)
cristyn

cristyn

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United States5b

Probably not; our weather is extremely similar. I already took my row covers and whatnot off. I probably won’t be putting anything on until get the squash in, and then it’s an insect-specific one that isn’t supposed to trap heat. At this point, our stuff will probably grow at a similar rate; mine just has a head start.

Posted on 06 May 09 (about 10 years ago)

That looks so good. I didn’t have much luck (well, any luck) with my early sowed greens. Yours look wonderful!

Posted on 07 May 09 (about 10 years ago)

Gorgeous salad

Posted on 09 May 09 (about 10 years ago)

Great photo!

Posted on 10 May 09 (about 10 years ago)

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