Garden Log 3-30-06

March 30, 2006

It’s finally warming up and feeling more spring like here in the Eastern part of the U.S. There are also more and more green vegetable plants and herbs springing up from the garden.

The garlic and shallots are already over six inches tall and growing quickly. Kale, collards, spinach, and mustard greens that were planted last fall and remained in the garden over the winter have also come to life and are producing fresh green leaves that can be harvested at any time.

On a less positive note it doesn’t look like any of the Swiss Chard survived the winter. Surprising considering the winter seemed milder than normal. I’ll give them another week or so to show some sign of life before pulling the roots out.

I’m still growing and starting seedlings indoors to transplant into the garden later this spring but it’s also time to start planting some seeds directly into the raised beds. This weekend I’ll sow seeds for parsnips, sugar snap peas, scorzonera, salsify oyster plant, arugula, and a few leafy greens.

Onion sets, shallots, and potatoes can also be planted now here in Central Pennsylvania, but I usually don’t rush the potatoes and won’t plant the fingerling potatoes until later next month.

Temperatures have warmed up, plants are growing, now what we really need is a little rain.





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farmgirl April 1, 2006 at 12:05 pm

Hi there,
I just found your site while registering my new garden blog on BlogFlux. Sounds like we garden in a similar manner: raised beds, organically, etc. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts. Have a great weekend!

lucy April 4, 2006 at 2:52 pm

Hi..you’ve been helpful with info on growing shallots, something new for my garden. thanks! This is the first year I’ve been able to overwinter spinach here in Centre Cty. I garden organically under black walnut trees and will try selling in my village’s tiny market this season. Is “organically grown, not certified” an acceptable description for home-grown produce? Are other gardeners using this?

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