What’s growing, late April

Although summer and fall are our biggest growing seasons, spring still has plenty to offer. We’re quite busy starting plants indoors, maintaining them indoors or in our small hoophouse, direct-seeding various things, dealing with the new flushes of weeds, and so on. At this point, most of the frost-tolerant spring plants are in the ground and growing, and some of the frost-sensitive plants (zukes, tomatoes, peppers, etc.) are coming along as transplants. As usual, we tend to err on the side of starting the frost-sensitive plants a bit late because our valley acts as a frost pocket and we’ve had frosts well into May. Here’s a brief tour of what’s growing and coming on for spring.

Above is a panorama of the market garden. I really screwed up the perspective on this one and the stitch at the bottom is awful. Oh well. The view contains peas, lettuce, spinach, onions, garlic, carrots, beets, mixed baby greens, radishes, scallions, and more.

The main field is hard to photograph well, partly due to the lack of an overhead platform such as our garden shed provides, and partly because it’s too big. Here’s the best recent shot I have, showing some mulched beds which will be planted in cucumbers, with some open beds in various greens and brassicas. In the background are beds of garlic, peas, potatoes, and more. Also growing or about to be seeded are beets, kohlrabi, radishes, and more.

Getting down to specific products, here’s a closeup of young mixed lettuce with a row of carrots in between. These will be ready for market as salad mix by May 1.

We’ve planted a lot of peas, especially snaps and snows. They’re all looking wonderful, except for a few mowed down by cutworms. Pea shoots will also be a market item, though not right away.
Here’s a low-angle shot of some healthy garlic, with the prep shed in the background. Much of this was planted from our own saved stock. We’ll have garlic scallions first, then garlic scapes, then the real thing.

Beets can be finicky, but I like the look of these so far. Some of our beets are in recently established beds that will be a pain to keep weeded. We’ll see how good our yields are on these.
Also growing well are our fruit plantings from last year, including strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. None of these will be for sale, but will save us significant money once they start fruiting over the next few years. Last year’s asparagus beds are doing well overall, and these will be marketable next spring. Our lone rhubarb plant is producing fantastically, and we need to find a place for more that won’t kill them (rhubarb is finicky this far south).

Herbs are doing well, including chives, garlic chives, and mint. We have some amazing cilantro that survived the winter, and are allowing it to go to seed to preserve the genetics. I’d love to have fresh cilantro at market this time of year!
It’s mildly frightening to consider how much is already growing, and we haven’t even started in on the real summer and fall quantities, or started losing a day or two a week to market.

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