The garden is springing back to life after a strange January of freezes and 80 degree weather. We took a short trip up north for a friend’s wedding this weekend but today’s holiday allowed for an extra day of catch-up sprouting. The garden really needed it after weeks of neglect.
Today’s big harvest was 2.1kgs of napa cabbage, which were grown from seed last fall. I had a huge tub filled with napa, kale, cilantro and tatsoi but forgot to take a photo of it before they were washed and bagged for the fridge. We will be making kalua pork with cabbage and some kimchee this week and possibly other cabbage-filled or cabbage-wrapped delicacies. Last weekend we had a 1kg harvest of napa, which went into 200 wontons during a family wonton-making day. My sister just texted me saying she is almost through with her bag already, so we may have to make another batch soon.
We also stopped by the nursery and picked up a few strawberry and lettuce seedlings and some marigolds to keep the bugs away. While I still like to grow sprouts from seed, I’ve come to appreciate the time-saving that comes with getting a few seedlings that are ready to plant out, especially after an unexpected raccoon or squirrel attack. About two weeks ago, we also adopted a strawberry guava plant to add to our collection of random fruit trees and bushes.
Speaking of fruit trees, my citruses are budding and/or flowering now. Hopefully that means a lot of fruit this year, although my variegated pink lemon is already dropping a lot of its fruit so it may be a dud again. I’m hoping it’s only because it’s still really small compared to the rest of the trees, but we haven’t had any fruit from it so far.
I also planted out some tomato, adzuki and edamame seedlings that grew from seed and are now several inches tall. I am waiting to finish harvesting the rest of the napa cabbages next week and will turn over the soil before putting out the garbanzo bean seedlings, which are also ready to go out. After getting a bunch of veggies all at once last year, I’m trying succession planting and am planting out small groups of seedlings every week or so, with the hope that the harvests will be staggered. After a year of trial and error and a pile of gardening books, I’m hoping this spring and summer will be a good one!
Now for a tour of the garden: