Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Last Call for Planting Peas, Lettuce and Cool Season Goodies

Asparagus!  I always forget just how sweet and tender the first homegrown fresh asparagus is.  Happy to see it coming up again.

It's coming down to the now-or-never point on the veggies that thrive in cool spring weather.  Even though these gentle spring days seem as though they might last for weeks, it is not to be and in three weeks we will be heading into warmer - and very warmer - weather.  I got in a late planting of peas but plan to keep them well watered and as cool as possible.  Lettuces are transplanted in - I've been using them for cut greens in the unheated greenhouse and have now set the plants out into the garden where they will form last heads and become late spring salads. Then they'll come out to be replaced with the heat-loving babes: tomatoes, peppers, basil and beans.  Whooo-hooo. 

As always, I'll be pushing a few late summer lettuces into shaded production (have to keep them cut, and I don't try for heads of lettuce or they will just bolt) so that once again I can ALMOST have my own BLTs from the garden.  Well, okay, I don't grow the bacon.  But I must admit that although I eat meat rarely, I do keep bacon on the menu if only for summer BLTs.  More and more, we've been having BBT's (bacon, basil and tomato sandwiches) which are really delicious as long as the basil isn't overwhelming.  I'm determined to have lettuce in July... somehow.  Will keep you posted. 
Plant and be happy,     Sybil


  1. My lettuces and greens are 1 inch high. Did I plant them too late?

  2. I don't think so - they'll be growing really quickly now. If the weather gets hot early, the way it did last year, I'd try covering them with some of the light row cover fabric. You can support it up on hoops if you want to make sure the air flows through. Check the garden centers for Remay row cover. Here's a description at Territorial Seed Company: (you may have to cut&paste). I think you can find it locally if you ask. - Sybil


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