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Your April Garden


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Your April Garden

dfrostnh | Apr 4, 2010 04:52 AM

Here in NH, I dug some more parsnips. They are sprouting leaves so time's awasting. Thought I would try making a parsnip pie for the garden cookbook. Cooked the last decent sized Confection squash last night. Two others had molded when I wasn't looking but what a great keeper (seed purchased from Johnny's - I think it's a variety of Kabocha). Made Shrimp Curry with Yu Choy and Kabocha Squash on Epicurious. Very tasty.

Having discovered Yu Choy/Choy Sum at the Asian market this winter, I have to grow it in my garden. The recipe also used Thai basil so I will be happy to have it in my garden later this summer since the Asian market is an hour's drive.

Seeded Sugar Ann sugar snap peas, Tyee spinach and a lettuce mix. I had covered the bed with black plastic two weeks ago. The soil looks great despite other parts of the yard being a bit water logged. The bed is slightly raised, built as a lasagna bed last year. Covered with Agribon-19. Haven't used season extending techniques in many years but after losing some late plantings of beans to last year's early frost on Sept 18, I am going to put more effort into protecting the plants. A friend in town planted his peas 2 weeks ago and said a friend in another town planted his in early March. Last year I planted mid-April and they took forever to germinate. Hope th Agribon makes a difference.

Garlic chives and fall-planted garlic are up a few inches.
A month ago I winter sowed several containers, mostly flowers but also some leeks and shallot seed. Yesterday I started things like Chinese cabbage, broccoli and herbs indoors. I usually sow a variety of basils in pots near the kitchen door.

Black plastic went on the next bed. I set up my beds so rows would run east/west instead of north/south so I will make some changes this year. Thinking about growing tomatoes on straw bales this year. Anyone tried straw bale gardening?

Hoping the guy with the great composted horse manure has more this year. Peppers and tomatoes have been in the same great location for two years so I must move them. Peppers did great in a single row against the south side of the house. A friend said using black plastic mulch improved their pepper crop so I might try that since the other vegetable beds are in the open yard.

What's happening in your garden?

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