Every time it rains I remind myself I need to get a raincoat. Then the raining stops and I forget. Then it rains again and I remind myself I need to get a raincoat. Then the raining stops… Does this happen to anyone else? April showers bring May flowers they say and this week is a rainy one.
On Saturday it was near 80 degrees (too soon!). We no longer have to worry about frost during the night. Now it’s the usual garden business to worry about. One thing that is looking good is all the Spring seedlings. Besides the carrots and radishes, the Spring garden is officially planted. We were able to get the onions, kale and pak choi planted a day after we planted the broccoli and friends. It feels nice to be back up on the roof everyday checking on the plants and watering the containers.
So the Spring garden is: broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, onions, kale, pak choi, sugar snap peas, carrots and radishes. Don’t forget you can follow along with planting dates in my seed calendar too.
Now to the planting, first up, the onions. Like the sugar snap peas, we went a bit crazy with onions this year. We planted 68 onions this year, which is about 48 more than we were planning. What happens is you plant what you were going to, and then you look at the sad leftover onion seedlings and know they will just go to waste if you don’t plant them. So you save those onions and make room in other containers. The funny part of all this is that onions are one thing in the garden I don’t eat. I’ve never been a onion fan so I’m going to leave it to Matthew to eat all those onions, good luck!
The onion roots are all tangled up so you need to gently separate them. It’s not that hard, you just need to shake and find the best way. Matthew always calls me the onion whisperer as I have a way with them. This is one onion… 67 more to separate!
Now to the kale plants. We didn’t plant as many kale plants this year because last year we had way too much kale to eat and give out. There’s 4 kale plants and that will produce more then enough for us.
Want to see something amazing? Of course you do. The kale plants that were cut down started growing again over the Winter. I have no idea how they survived, but they did! Look at that green growth! Sadly we had to pull them up to make room for the new plants.
Now on to the pak choi. Pak choi is one of those plants that I think we need lots of and Matthew doesn’t think so. I admit that I still have frozen pak choi in the freezer (great for a stir fry) but I can’t help but grow lots of it.. it’s beautiful!
And then we cover with our wind blocker fabric. We’ll keep this fabric attached all Summer, but for the most part it will be down. It’s great to have the fabric ready to go incase a storm hits. That way we can just run up the roof and lift the fabric. It’s been windy the past few days so it’s important to protect our babies!
And if you were wondering how the sugar snap peas were doing, they started coming up a few days ago. High 5’s!
Now I’m going to buy a raincoat…!