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Garden Notes: April 2023

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Rainfall 

  • 1st: 0.375″
  • 7th: 0.25″ 
  • 8th: 1.55″
  • 14th: 0.5″ 
  • 16th: 0.2″
  • 22nd: 0.7″
  • 26th:  0.75″
  • 27th: 2.55″
  • Total so far: 6.875 inches

Temperature
  • range of nighttime lows: 36 to 66°F (2 to 19°C)
  • range of daytime highs: 47 to 84°F (8 to 29°C)

Weather Notes
  • We’ve had lovely temperatures for much of the month, but the wind has been brisk and cold.

Planted
  • buckwheat
  • corn (Trucker’s Favorite)
  • sunflowers (Mammoth Russian)
  • tomato transplants (Black Krim and Celebrity)
  • Swiss chard (variety of seeds)
  • black turtle beans
  • amaranth (Golden Giant, or is it Giant Golden? I can never remember.)
  • cowpeas (Ozark Razorback)
  • cucumbers (landrace)
  • and
seed potatoes

The sprouted potatoes are from the pantry. The others I bought at my locally owned grocery store. They were only 39¢ per pound, so I was pleased to find them. When I checked out, the gal told me they were sent to them by mistake. Food delivery errors aren’t returned, so they offered them for sale at an unusually good price. When I planted them, I augmented the soil with bone meal and azomite minerals, so I’m hoping they’ll do well. 

Growing

potatoes

Edible pod peas. Can you see the first pod
in the lower right-hand corner of the photo?
pears
Sunchokes (Jersusalem artichokes)
Sweet potato slips
I don’t have good windows for plants and plant starts, so I decided to try our bathroom window for starting some sweet potato slips. They seem happy there. I have three varieties: Vardamans, Georgia Jets, and a purple variety I got two years ago from Misfits. It’s the purple that’s produced all those sprouts. The Vardaman is finally putting out a few roots (no sprouts yet) and the Georgia Jet has done nothing. These produced well, although with lots of odd, lumpy shapes. They haven’t stored well, however, so no great loss if they don’t sprout.
Harvesting
handfuls of asparagus for snacks and salads

strawberries for our granola

fall planted lettuce

I planted a lot of lettuce last fall, but most of it didn’t survive our cold winter. This one did though, and together with wild greens, offers us delicious salads. 
spring planted radishes
volunteer lambs quarter

First harvests of lambs quarter are for steamed or sauteed greens. I’ve got plenty volunteering, however, and hope to can quite a few pints. It’s our favorite winter green.
As you can see, our gardening season is off to a good start! May promises to be just as busy, and hopefully, we’ll have a good harvest season.
Your turn. How does your garden fare?


Source: https://www.5acresandadream.com/2023/04/garden-notes-april-2023.html



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