I stroll through the garden every morning and here's what I saw growing there today....


We have about 100 mature asparagus plants growing and, now that they are about 4 years old, they don't disappoint!  So far this year, we have harvested 6.7 lbs of asparagus and we've still got about 3 or 4 more weeks of expected harvest. 

Growing Asparagus



A few years ago, I planted a packet of Green Globe Artichoke seeds as an experiment.  I wasn't sure if they would overwinter here in zone 7b or not.  They did! and we have about 20 mature plants emerging right now and I have another 30 seedlings (grown from seed I collected from last year's flower heads) ready to be planted in the garden.  I also have a few hundred seeds, some of which I plan to direct sow.  Pretty soon we'll be swimming in artichokes!

Growing Artichokes



I planted garlic last fall and it's growing like a weed!  Garlic is best planted in the fall, but I definitely didn't plant enough and am going to try planting more in the next week.  We have both elephant garlic as well as 4 or 5 different standard garlic types growing. 

Growing Garlic



We grow both June Bearing and Ever Bearing Strawberries.   The June Bearing Strawberries (below) are starting the flower! Yea!  Now if we can keep the birds and other critters from eating the berries ....

Growing Strawberries


Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard is one of the easiest vegetables to grow.  I planted a late crop last fall and they all made it through the winter, so we should have an early harvest from these plants along with the potential to collect seeds for next year.  I also have another 20+ swiss chard seedlings, and will plant those out as soon as we get the fence in place.  The variety below is Lucullus and, even though it looks a bit ratty from overwintering in the garden, it's growing like crazy!

Growing Swiss Chard



I think I planted too many onions!  We have over 250 onion plants growing -- vidalia, red, white, and yellow.

Growing Onions


I also have peas, beets, spinach, lettuce, potatoes, carrots, and radishes planted.

Spring brings such promise!  What's growing in your garden this week?

Apr 19 2013
Posted in: Vegetables

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