Rain, finally!

Who knows if we’ll catch up to all the rain we need in Northern California this year but January and February have had enough that I was able to turn off the irrigation for three weeks straight.

Bok choi starting to bolt

These pictures were taken in January and February. The garden in March looks completely different. Overgrown.

This is in January, things look much different now.
This is in January, things look much different now.

We had the most beautiful Romanesco broccoli this year. And it was SO tasty. Even though it’s a space hog and you have to constantly pick off aphids to ward off an infestation, it was so worth growing this.

The Broccoli has done really well this year in my garden.
The Broccoli has done really well this year in my garden.

As you can see below, the winter vegetables are in full form. Turnips, bok choi, kale, komatsuna, broccoli (Romanesco and Calabrese), carrots, daikon, radishes and even celery is growing well in these beds. The elliptical bed in the forground has one row of strawberries and will be filled temporarily with buckwheat for a green manure until I can figure out what I want to plant there.

outgrowing thier boundaries

Here’s a great example of the square foot garden at work. Two bok chois, broccoli and chard all coexisting.

Bok Chois and broccolis grow alongside each other in the square foot garden.
Bok Chois and broccolis grow alongside each other in the square foot garden.

The next big harvest is spinach. I planted four varieties this year and all are growing well, just some faster than others. The merlo nero seems to do best with the darkest leaves.

I mass plant spinach and use the thinnings in stir fries while leaving the rest to grow bigger for salads.
I mass plant spinach and use the thinnings in stir fries while leaving the rest to grow bigger for salads.

Many different shades of green. I never thought I would say I wish I had more than five kale plants. This year we can’t grow enough of it. It’s the one green veggie besides peas that my daughter loves.

Lots of green

Speaking of peas, I made my daughter a pea teepee so she can sit inside in late spring and eat away. This way I have at least a chance of keeping my own stash to myself.

Training english peas to cover my daughter's teepee.
Training english peas to cover my daughter’s teepee.

I’m growing all english peas this year and not bothering with the snap peas. They were tasty but we just didn’t love them like the english peas. I’m growing my old standbys Lincoln, Tall Telephone and Blauwschokkers blue podded peas which have gorgeous flowers. More photos of those very soon as of March 8th, they’re blooming like crazy.

A lot of english peas. We can never grow enough of these.
A lot of english peas. We can never grow enough of these.

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