There haven’t been many bumper crops at POD this year. And it’s fair to blame POD’s meager harvests on the toddler. She’s distracting. And all-consuming.
But the radishes were plentiful and rather beautiful this year.
We enjoyed these back in June, yeah, sorry. Garden? What garden? Online record of said garden? Pshaw.
Well, it seems the results of our March 4 planting are mixed. Several (but not all) radishes sprouted in the window boxes and all the peas popped, but the lettuce and chard were both busts.
Since that planting, though, we suffered a freeze, which probably didn’t help. And to be fair, the dirt’s tired and the seeds are 3-6 years old. Maybe it’s time to clean out the seed stock and start anew? Then again, maybe it’s just time to try again, one month later…
So last weekend, in a fit of frustration, a bunch of plants on deck were yanked and became seeds on deck. The Boothby Blonde cucumber, Black Cherry and Isis Candy tomatoes, and all the beans were ditched (more on that later).
In their place cooler weather crops have been oh-so-optimistically planted. Plants on Deck 2.0 features fresh lettuce, Franklin Hybrid Brussels Sprouts (technically the wrong planting season, but they almost worked last year), Javelin Hybrid parsnips, Erbette and Charlotte chard, Romanesco, French Breakfast and Long Scarlet radishes (which have already poked their heads above ground), and Winterbor kale.
Champ is still blooming and Mr. Stripey is showing signs of disease but he’s still largely green, so he gets a pass for now. Aphids continue their iron-fisted reign (and four adult brown marmorated stink bugs were killed yesterday) so next up on the hit list are the besieged True Lemon and the newly-breached Charentais.