It’s not even June yet, but I’ve already been able to harvest a little bit of what we’ve planted, and it was delicious.
The radishes were pretty dang good, though it wasn’t until after the fact that I read radish greens are supposed to be pretty good as a pungent, peppery salad green. I’ll have to try that on the next batch.
We’re learning that the windswept conditions in our neighborhood aren’t exactly great for tall plants, as the corn in my three sister’s garden is taking a beating.
Five days ago, it was leaning to the east. Three days ago, it was leaning to the the west. Now, it’s leaning to the east again. I’m just surprised that it is still (mostly) hanging in there and continuing to grow. I planted the pole beans the beginning of the week that should grow up the corn stalks and give them some support, so let’s hope they last long enough to get that support. I’ve also planted four kinds of squash, and we’ll hopefully see that germinate and start to come up in the week ahead. I’ve transitioned the 13 pepper plants that germinated to the soil in two different plots, putting five in the 3 sisters garden around the edges and eight against the fence in the “sacrificial” plot.
The sacrificial plot is mostly corn, with a few leftovers and odds and ends, planted on the back side of the fence to feed the neighborhood wildlife. So far, it seems to be avoiding the wind problems entirely. It will stink if the raccoons get more corn than I do.
The potatoes are getting… interesting.
The two outside plants look fine, and seem to be thriving despite the recent temperature spikes into the mid-80s. The two middle buckets, which came from some “Yukon Gold” potatoes that I’d found in the pantry, had a few plants that went south in the past few days that I had to pull because they started looking slimy and were dying. The other plants in the middle buckets seemed fine. There was one tuber about the size of a gold ball on one of the three plants I pulled, and some of you had suggested earlier that they’d been treated with some sort of growth inhibitors. I’m hoping the ones that are supposed to be seed stock are doing better, but we won’t know until harvest time if they performed better than the pantry leftovers.
In the “science experiment” part of the garden, the celery based we’d planted seems to be hanging in there, if not growing like gangbusters.
We’ve take the based of two pieces of romaine lettuce and put them on to soak to see if they sprout like the celery did, and we’ve planted two cloves of garlic that were leftover from dinner a few weeks back. If we can recycle edibles like this, that will be a neat way to cut into our food bill. If it works, I’ll be planting bacon next week.