Emergent garlic, peas, spinach and lettuce

march garlicNote to readers: This post was originally authored on March 18th, 2012.

The garlic is growing full tilt and I am thrilled to see over 100 healthy shoots reaching skyward. Since garlic can be somewhat pricey to purchase from seed suppliers, most of my crop is compliments of Costco, where less then $10 will buy you three pounds of Christopher Ranch soft neck bulbs. I usually then supplement this with heirloom hard neck varieties. This past fall a friend gifted me several different types of bulbs, secreted from their spouse’s private stash. The varieties remain a mystery though we shall know by May if they are hard or soft neck.

emergent spinachSpinach, direct seeded a few weeks ago, is now emerging and includies a smooth leaf hybrid from Johnny’s called Lombardia and a savoy leaf from Burpee called Bloomsdale Long-Standing. The first of the lettuces, direct seeded last weekend, are just beginning to appear. Given the forecast for continued mild weather I suspect that this coming week will see most, if not all, of the lettuces emerge. Also direct seeded last weekend were three varieties of carrots — Navarino (Johnny’s), Scarlet Nantes (Seeds of Change), and Nantes Half Long (Burpee) — and three varieties of bunching onions — Evergreen Long White (Burpee), Deep Purple (Johnny’s), and Cebolla (Lowes).

emergent peaThe peas, planted at the end of February, have how pushed up through the soil. Varieties include Snow Sweet (snow pea), Sugar Sprint (snap pea) and Premium (shelling pea), all from Johnny’s. I will begin planting succession crops every two weeks for the next month. In June the pea beds will be given over to cucumbers, melons and bush beans.

About John

John spends his days as C.O.O. of a health communications company researching and developing innovative communications solutions to enhance patient-provider engagement and learning. His passions include gardening, cycling, hiking, kayaking, and fishing any and all of which he would be thrilled to do full time if he could figure out how to make a livable wage doing so.


2 Responses to Emergent garlic, peas, spinach and lettuce

  1. PVE May 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    The all of your effort is tasty, though admittedly I’m loking forward to >> … June (when) the pea beds will be given over to cucumbers, melons and bush beans. << :-)'s

  2. Courtney April 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    Hoorah! I planted my spinach, lettuces and sugar snap peas in pots near our front porch (south facing, concrete so it retains and radiates heat) last weekend. No sprouts yet, but that could be due to 2-3 year old seeds and the snow we got yesterday…

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