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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Overwintered lettuce

Now that we tend to have more days of sun than rain, we've started opening up our cloche full of overwintered lettuce, with a spattering of carrots. The lettuce fared very well, and we should be able to harvest a few heads end of April. The carrots aren't as advanced, but the tops are very well developed. Hopefully the roots suit.

Up at the SFU gardens, I managed to grab another 'sunny' plot. We'll be keeping our 'shady' plot for the year for transition, since our garlics are down there. A few dozen garlic survived the winter, mostly the Russian Softneck. Unfortunately, my experiment with a few varieties of hardneck went bad... I put them in what I assume is too shallow a spot (I thought they would do ok since I succesfully grew Walla Walla onions in the same spot last summer). It didn't work, with half a dozen of them sprouting and proceeding to a very sickly state.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Our new Strathcona Community Garden plot

Unfortunately, a few weeks ago we had our camera stolen, but we've just splurged for a new one and have immediately taken to it. The above pic is of our newly and completely double-dug plot at the Strathcona Community gardens. We've started putting some early spring bits in (carrots, spring onions), and can't wait to put out the sweet onions. In the picture, you can also see the nifty toolbox I made with some spare plywood for Passepartout (our tandem). I custom made it for our rack, so it's super easy to put on the back of the bike. So far, it's been solid as a rock as we ride to and from the garden.