Veggie bed update

A month or so ago I remade my veggie beds. Again. For the second year in a row.


It appears to be paying off though, as things are getting off to a great start -- but that could be due to the warm weather we've been having.     Let's assume it's all my doing, okay?

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Ignore the fence, as I haven't gotten around to repairing it yet. Everything else is looking pretty good, right?

The peas:


Parsley from last year, overwintered in a pot:


The kale is the star right now though (they're the huge plants in the top photo):


Last year's plants that overwintered and I salvaged when I built these new beds -- they are producing like crazy! It's such a pleasure to be eating as much sweet, delicious kale as we want. It's beautiful too, as there are no caterpillars chewing holes in the leaves yet. If you catch them early enough (before they get woody) the flower stalks are delicious too -- they taste like a cross between cabbage and broccoli.

I've got some new kale plants just starting out too:



Remember my beets that overwintered like the kale did? They're thriving now too, getting ready to produce flowers.


Since we love beet greens almost as much as we love kale, this has been a nice surprise too.

Outside of the fence are chives, onions, and garlic:


I'm excited about the garlic, as this is the first year that I've actually remembered to plant it. Hopefully the first of many, as garlic is delicious!

The most beautiful plant in my veggie beds, with great texture, fragrance, and an interesting anise flavor -- bronze fennel:


The only thing I use fennel for is nibbling while out in the garden, and as a host plant for swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. I'll have to find some recipes for fennel this year, as it's a shame that the caterpillars get it all.

I also have this unidentified native volunteer growing all around my veggie beds:


It's thick, rubbery stems are interesting, but I don't need half a dozen of these plants (they get pretty large). I should try to ID it so I know what I'm dealing with.


My wife laughs whenever she sees me close the "gate", which is
just a couple of boards held together with chicken wire at this point.

So that's my small, but hopefully productive edibles garden. Another update once more of the seedlings attain some size, but I'm pretty pleased with how things are going so far.

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Lancashire rose  – (April 6, 2012 at 7:13 AM)  

Everything looks neat and tidy and it looks like you are going to have a great crop this summer.

Lisa  – (April 6, 2012 at 8:19 AM)  

WOW! You really do have a great head start! Our garlic came back from last year, so we're curious to see what kind of end result we get. Other than that... still waiting for all danger of frost to clear. Not trusting this warm spring AT ALL!

Gerhard Bock  – (April 6, 2012 at 9:47 AM)  

You're way ahead of us. I'm pampering my tomato plants INSIDE because it's still so cold at night (36°F last night!).

Linda/patchwork  – (April 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM)  

You do have a great crop there. You have things coming that are finished here, because of the heat.
I'm way behind on the veggie garden. Where does time go???

Have a great weekend, and a Happy Easter.

Matthew  – (April 6, 2012 at 2:18 PM)  

Looks great, Alan! I really need to do something like that, but I'm concentrating on the bamboo so much this year that my veggie garden this year pretty much consists of 4 tomato plants in the herb bed :)

John  – (April 6, 2012 at 2:43 PM)  

Asclepias (milkweed) based on my weed knowledge. Still no frogs for the pond yet :(

Christine  – (April 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM)  

Wow! I can't believe how quickly things are coming on. The kale looks amazing and the fennel ... isn't it a lovely plant? I planted one too recently. I love it. Your chives look great too!

Alan @ It's not work, It's gardening!  – (April 7, 2012 at 7:41 AM)  

John -- you got me looking in the right direction. It looks like a milkweed of some sort, but those all have the upright seed pods with fluff, and this plant has seed pods that look more like small bean pods: long and skinny. Some lucky research tells me that it looks like Apocynum cannabinum, or something very similar. I'll keep the one plant and remove the three others that have popped up this year. Thanks!

John  – (April 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM)  

OK then it's Dogbane to me they are the same ;-) It is hard to tell until you see branches or don't.

Barbie  – (April 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM)  

That all looks amazing - the soil looks so rich. It's all about the soil, for me! The raised beds have produced the best veggies & herbs. I will definitely start there for my winter crop - just have to keep the chickens out! Gotta get some feather dusters quick!

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