Happy 2009: Gardening Update

It’s been an interesting winter. My usually successful crop of spinach has been devastated by the Davis version of Ratatouille. They have also been snacking on the occasional greens and my broccoli raab seedlings. However, they won’t touch the invincible chard.
If you don’t believe me, notice the rather large holes under the fence. These holes appear and I stuff them with mint but they just burrow a new one the next evening. Needless to say it’s been rather frustrating. I’m doing the winter sowing technique of covering them with soda bottles to keep them protected.

The rest of the garden is doing pretty well, in another part of the yard I do have some beautiful heads of lettuce.
I have also started my dwarf sugar pea seedlings.
My garlic and shallots are starting to show at a much slower rate than last year. I think this is a good sign that they are developing big bulbs for the summer.
I also have a few surviving broccoli raab seedlings. I can’t wait to try these. IMG_5925.JPG
I am also growing carrots with a mix of baby spinach. IMG_5930.JPG
We are also really enjoying the Japanese mustard called Mizuna. It’s a pretty plant, and it gives the salads a nice kick. It also grow incredibly well. But it must be kept in a pot or it will spread. IMG_5859.JPG
I’m currently looking forward to my spring garden. I have accumulated a lot of seeds and can’t wait to get started.






7 responses to “Happy 2009: Gardening Update”

  1. Katie Avatar

    The Mizuna looks interesting. Sorry about your ongoing struggles with the mice!

    1. nkristis Avatar

      Gail and Katie: Thanks, the Mizuna is a nice little green. It looks nice and it’s supposed to be weather tolerant.

  2. gail Avatar

    I am enjoying looking at all the lovely green vegetables. Sorry about the critters! gail

  3. Karen Avatar

    Wow, nice pics of lovely/yummy looking plants! At first I thought I saw some eyes glowing in the fence hole pic… ew! Sorry you are battling the rodent pestilence. I am grateful that the squirrels have left my winter garden mostly alone but who knows when they will decide to attack it. Maybe tomorrow! Good luck. Pea vine tendrils are the cutest! And I love broccoli raab but it always bolts before I remember to eat it. Maybe I should try it in the winter, hm.

    1. nkristis Avatar

      Karen- ha ha, I wouldn’t be surprised.

  4. Julie Avatar

    Love the look of that Mizuna! Gonna have to try some one day!

    1. nkristis Avatar

      It’s really easy to grow and the seed catalogs says it’s pretty weather tolerant.

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