Urban Homesteading on a Small City Lot: April 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring Weather, It Can Happen

Last year we didn't really get a spring.  The spring crops, like lettuce, peas and fava beans, just didn't have a chance. This year spring has been really awesome, so far. It has been cool but not cold with lots of good sunshine and a bit of rain.

My adventures with this green house have been way too exciting. It is very light and acts like a sail.  You can probably imagine where this story is going.  Yes, it blew over, and yes, it had flats of sprouting seeds in it at the time.  It was a typical windy early spring day. My daughter came in the house from school and said, "mom, your green house blew over." I had been checking on it periodically, because I knew it was a possibility. It must have just happened.  This is what it looks like now. It's all reassembled and seeds are replanted.  I really staked it down tight and dug it down into the dirt a few inches. It has made it through a few wind storms now, so I am not too worried about it.

Here are the shelves full of seedlings.


Sweet Onions

Jalapeno Peppers

Pak Choy or Boc Choi or whatever.  I had some fun with the spelling.

Gotta have my dark greens.

This is a whole flat of herbs with loads of lavender.

I know you can's see them, but this container has lots of tiny alpine strawberry sprouts.  I am so excited about them.  The plants are pretty, the flowers lovely and the strawberries delicious.

I found this packet of celery starts at Bimart.  It takes months to get celery from seed to this stage so I decided to speed up the harvest and buy it.

I also bought this little guy last week.  Its called a jellybean blueberry. It stays small and really bushy and makes really tasty berries.  The tag says you can even grow it in a pot. I want 12 of these to replace the boxwood bushes in the front yard, but I want to try it out this year first.

This large blueberry bush has already been planted.  It is going to look lovely here next to the front porch.

The flowers are already coming on, so I made sure to get it in the ground right away.

I finally got myself a quince.  It is very small, but its healthy and the flowers will be very pretty on the other side of the porch.

I bought some cabbage starts at SavMart because they were so cheap and looked really nice. I put them in the pots that the tomatoes, peppers and eggplants were in last year. I want to rotate crops families. Also, cabbages get so big that they take up too much room in the raised beds.  At least in the pots they can just hang over the edge and not crowd anything else.

The June bearing strawberries are putting for their leaves.

The spinach that I planted in the fall has been great this spring.  I haven't seen any leaf miner yet, and I have harvested twice, a big bowl full each time.

I haven't harvested any kale yet, but the fall planting is looking good.

The peas are coming up strong...

I love...


Radishes, I planted three different kinds: Easter Egg II mix, Cherry Belle, and French Breakfast.

I actually remembered to plant some beets this year.  I love beets.

Another variety of arugula.

My rhubarb

Strawberry bed

Fall planted bed

Onions and Lettuces. The back left corner has four collard green plants.

Broccoli and lettuces

You can't really see them but there are shallots, onions and peas galore here.

Radishes, beats, carrots and mixed salad greens with peas

Swiss chard, carrots and cover crop peas and oats
The mojito mint is showing signs of life in its pot.

This furry little guy is the oregano. This year I will plant the rosemary in a pot and try bringing it inside for the winter.  I have determined that it just will not overwinter here. When my chives, thyme and lavender sprout I will have a complete compliment of perennial herbs for all of my favorite cooking.