Sound Food's weekly gardening tips 4/13
In Darren’s garden:
Parent Category: Growing
Created on Wednesday, 15 April 2009 17:27
Written by Marilyn Ostergren
As this Saturday was the opening day of the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market, my daughter was at her booth selling potted strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry, loganberry, and currant plants (lots of berries), as well as onion and garlic starts, cabbage/broccoli, lettuce, and swiss chard. This a great time for cleaning out the old strawberry/raspberry beds and/or planting new starts. I also transplanted my beet seedlings (which I started in my greenhouse)…all seem to be doing fine. Some say you can’t transplant beet seedlings very well…but I have had surprising success. I also like how you can space the beet plants evenly apart, allowing for larger tubers.
My summer vegetable starts (tomato and basil) are growing fast and I will be working with my daughter in transplanting them to individual containers. I will be starting my summer summer/winter squash, cucumbers, and corn in containers in about 2 weeks. With another cold week, I am holding back a bit on starting these seedlings.
Still enjoying winter lettuce, spinach, and broccoli from the garden. Although that reminds me, that I need to plant some new spinach before the old stuff runs out.
Hope this helps. DarrenIn Kathy’s garden
Replanted the snap peas that obviously rotted in the ground. The shelling peas in the same bed and were of last years vintage came up fine - go figure! Watching for the ornamental peas. Planted more spinach and onions. Finished weeding the beds and applied mulch to the berries and compost to the rhubarb. Only one artichoke made it so will put in more that I have potted up and move the one that made it into a new bed after the cover crop has broken down enough. Will put in some starts of broccoli this week and cover with insect cloth to keep the cabbage moth away. Will put in some more Tri Star strawberries for this summer. Hopefully will plant the package of beneficial bug flower mix I purchased from Territorial - not only are the plants pretty but they are a workhorse of the garden attracting the beneficial bugs to keep others safe!.