Fall Garden 2011: Check-in

The fall/winter garden never gets as big and bushy as the spring/summer one...

It’s been a couple of weeks since we planted the seedlings and seeds so, I figure it’s time to update everyone on how the garden is doing! The short answer is goodish, the longer one is below. Last week we transplanted the chard into the plot and last Saturday we transferred the kale. The slugs (my nemeses) absolutely loved the chard seedling and consumed half of them before I realized what was going on and laid out more sluggo, as well as going out at dusk and dawn to pick them off plants. I take a great deal of pleasure in chucking them as hard and as far as I can into the dry fields behind the house…

Arugula bursting out of the ground

The arugula is starting to come in and one of the nice things about arugula is no pests seem interested in eating it, it’s the easiest plant by far to cultivate. As you can see from the picture above the spinach, bok choy, and cauliflower are also doing fine. The slugs have been nibbling on all of them, mostly the cauliflower, but not enough to harm the plants. We’ve been having a mild fall so far and I’m not sure whether that is helping the garden or hurting it. If I’m going to continue gardening I really do need to read up more on these plants.

Kale seedlings right beforethey were transplanted

I know the question that is on everyone’s mind is “when can you start eating that stuff?” And, the answer is, “it depends.” The bok choy is ready to be eaten now, but as it stands we won’t get much from it if we harvest now. Give the the bok choy a couple weeks and we can start stripping off the outer leaves of all six plants and use them while leaving the plants in the ground to continue growing. The arugula should be edible with in a week, that stuff grows like weeds. The kale and chard are going to take a bit longer, but when the get to the right size we’ll be harvesting them in the same way we do the bok choy. The cauliflower? I don’t really know. Last year, they stalled out in growth and we ended up throwing the plants into compost. Hopefully, they’ll do better this year.

 

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