A Napa-Filled Monday

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:

Strawberries and marigolds

Strawberries and marigolds

Table of seedlings

Table of seedlings

From front to back - adzuki, edamame, peas, napa cabbages/chinese brocolli, red celery, variegated pink lemon, more peas

From front to back – adzuki, edamame, peas, napa cabbages/chinese broccoli, red celery, variegated pink lemon, more peas

Potatoes, lilikoi, herb box and beets

Potatoes, lilikoi, herb box and beets

Save the Bees flower mix, sorrel, collard greens

Save the Bees flower mix, sorrel, collard greens, chilis

Cauliflower and kale (and black radishes in the foreground)

Cauliflower and kale (and black radishes in the foreground)

Bok choi, chinese cabbage, chinese broccoli, onions, alpine strawberries

Bok choi, chinese cabbage, chinese broccoli, onions,  collard greens, alpine strawberries

Onions and french breakfast radishes

Onions and french breakfast radishes

Artichoke

Artichoke

Sorrel

Sorrel

Citrus grove (lime, lemon, finger limes, yuzu) and a cherry tomato plant

Citrus grove (lime, lemon, finger limes, yuzu) and a cherry tomato plant

My husband's salad from yesterday with garden lettuce and radishes

My husband’s salad from yesterday with garden lettuce and radishes

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4 thoughts on “A Napa-Filled Monday

    • We hope so too! Supposedly it’ll be sprinkly this weekend, which will help my veggies a lot. My grass even started growing back with the past months’ rain. We very much appreciate the rain while it lasts!

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