Sunday, May 5, 2013

Broccoli and cauliflower and carrots, oh my!

Mom got it together and planted a late winter garden this year. 
Thanks to the cool weather and oodles of rain, it's doing great!

It's just a little garden bed, 4'x4', but it's got some goodies in it. 

 There's carrots, those lacy looking leaves.
This is the spinach. 

 And broccoli! We even have little heads forming! 
PS. If you see those holes in your cole crops (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage), look for little green worms. They will eat 100% of your plant. Pick them off or use an organic pesticide like Bt (bacillus thuringiensis) or neem oil. Safe for eating and doesn't kill birds or beneficial insects like bees. 

We also have potatoes and cauliflower growing. Hopefully in a few weeks, we'll have a nice harvest of broccoli and cauliflower. Carrots and potatoes will take a little longer. The spinach should be growing better, but there may be too much shade from the broccoli and cauliflower. 

When everything is done, mom will trade these out for some summer crops. We have a summer bed too with tomatoes, eggplant, green beans, zucchini and squash. Mom will plant the same thing in the winter bed so we have more produce all summer and into fall. 

Yay for fresh veggies!
And yes, that fence is up to keep us from helping ourselves to the produce.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013