My small organic vegetable garden is providing greens right now. Kale and spinach are growing together in a half-barrel in the front yard. I started these indoors, from seeds, while it was still winter. Before moving them outside permanently, I used one of those warmer weeks in February to harden them off. By “harden them off”, I mean that I moved them into a dappled sun area for a few hours while it was warm. Each day, the plants spent a little more time outside. After six days of this transition-time, I set the small plants into their current positions in the half-barrel planter.
In this little greens-garden, three kale plants are clustered near the center, and nine spinach plants are set, evenly spaced, in a big ring near the outer edge.
These container-greens, along with the rocket that is still growing with cilantro in another large container, add variety in texture and flavor to lettuce-based salads.
The kale is producing enough leaves that some can also go into a white-bean soup in a few days, with plenty left for other purposes (shepherd’s pie, pizza toppings, salad, etc.).
Also in the garden, the garlic, which was spaced in a grid-pattern at planting time, resembles a little forest.
This was planted back in early winter (I missed the recommended October planting time for my area). The stems rising out of the ground look thick enough to make decent-sized bulbs, so maybe the late planting won’t hurt the harvest too much.
Garlic, shallots, and onions all benefit from a little extra fertilizer as they start making their bulbs (now, in my garden), so I am applying fish emulsion fertilizer (the 2-3-1 version), mixed with water in my watering can, every 7-10 days.
My onions are not bulbing onions — I planted the bunching type this year — but the extra fertilizer helps them, too, to make more little onions.
Also — my biggest news — my little book on Fall Garden Planning is nearing completion! I should be receiving a couple of “proof” copies this week. If all looks good, the book will be available within a few weeks.
Writing it, and learning all the technology bits to get it published, has been a grand adventure! I have been lucky, too, to have some very tolerant/patient friends who read an early version of the text and said nice things about it even though it had a long way to go.
Best wishes for great gardens!