Laurel’s Garden – April ’16

The vegetable garden is in a state of transition. There are bare spots that look nearly dead, and areas of thriving greens like cilantro interlaced with old vegetables like broccoli that are ready to be pulled and/or the pods used for next years’ seeds.

What we’re eating from the garden are kale, Asian cabbage, radishes, arugula, carrots, fennel, parsley, a cucumber and cilantro. The strawberries are starting to ripen and there are still a few pickable peas each day. Juliet Grape tomatoes are not ripening just yet. Edible nasturtiums, violas, pansies, calendula are the flowers in bloom.

We have Suyo long cucumbers and 2 kinds of squash (Tatume and Trombone) planted along the fence. Orient Wonder long beans have also been planted. These are some of Bob’s Malay Brown Sweet long beans (Borneo). It will be interesting to see how the latter turns out.

We have starts from eggplants, including long purple eggplants and Listada de Gandia. Listada de Gandia is supposed to be an especially pretty plant with starry violet flowers often grown as an ornamental. It is a purple and white, thin skinned and mild flavored French heirloom.

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