First Crops of the Season: Biennial, Perennial, and Helpers AKA Gardening the Lazy Way
By Julie Sews - 6:44:00 PM
I haven't planted a seed yet and just finally finished our garden plans (I'm so behind this year), but we have had some perennials, biennials, and helpers. Our kale survived! Apparently it's biennial. I had no idea. I just didn't cut it down in fall. I'm even more in love with kale now. Our strawberries, raspberries, catnip, green onions, and rhubarb (all are growing and we found a couple helpers from last season. I had tried so hard to grow cilantro (it barely grew and bolted fast), spinach, and chives, but nothing worked, or did it? Apparently the seeds survived the winter and became helpers. I think if we hadn't had such a warm spring the helpers would have been unknowingly weeded.
I'm so excited I just harvested our first asparagus spears ( a tad bit late). It's taken 2 years (we planted one year old crowns). Turns out I waited to long to harvest it, though it was pretty woody like and the spears were starting to grow into separate spears. But hey that's how you learn huh? You can see our asparagus and kale in the picture above along with one of the two pizza boxes someone threw on to our garden. How does that happen? Who throws pizza boxes on someones garden? Was someone cleaning out the car? People are weird! Anyways.... I won't bore you with my rants.
I'm so happy that we had cilantro helpers. Ironically I never would have planted cilantro this early but I guess nature knows best! I've always loved the taste of cilantro, but I also recently learned that cilantro is amazing at cleansing heavy metals out of your body. If you eat seafood or have metal fillings you'll want to eat a lot of cilantro! We actually have cilantro growing in between our paver bricks and in our main garden. I still plan to plant more, but it's nice to know some are already started.
|Cilantro growing in between our pavers in our walkway|
|our raspberries bushes are starting to grow|
- Fruit: raspberries, strawberries, blue berries, black berries, grapes, apples, cherries
- Veggies: rhubarb, asparagus, radicchio
- Herbs: chives, catnip, thyme, oregano, mint and lemon balm (only in containers)
- Veggies: beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collard, endive, kale, kohlrabi, leek, onion, parsley, parsnip, rutabaga, salsify, and turnip.
- herbs: parsley