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It’s Growing

May 14th, 2014

Now that the weather is warming up things are finally starting to grow well in the 5×5 Challenge garden.  I planted ‘Golden’ peas two weeks ago and the lettuce I seeded a while ago it starting to size up nicely as well.
5x5 garden 1
5x5 garden 2
Of course the weeds are growing as well! I don’t mind the dandelions so much, the have deep tap roots and pull up nutrient from below. I might eat the greens, or I might keep pulling the leaves off and laying them around the peas as a mulch.
5x5 garden 3
Overall the garden is doing very well, in just another week or so I’ll be harvesting greens for our dinner!

How’s your edible garden growing? Any harvests?

9 Comments to “It’s Growing”
  1. daisy on May 14, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Everything looks so fresh!
    I am attempting to grow some lettuce on the covered patio. Everything in the garden went to seed. Just too dang hot. I have sweet potatoes, peanuts, eggplant, tomatoes, green beans and some herbs growing now. I picked my first home-grown Celebrity tomato yesterday and I will be transplanting my Romas this week. I’m grateful when anything comes up this time of year!

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    • Susy on May 14, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Things do go to seed much quicker in containers since the soil warms much faster.

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  2. Joan on May 14, 2014 at 6:59 am

    A very late start with my planting this year, but I can usually find enough to eat just by scavenging… Perennials like tarragon and sorrel are ready to pick, and the rhubarb is almost ready to eat. The ‘wild’ lambs quarters should be harvestable within the next week or so, and kale and lettuce seedlings from last year are poking up. The wild violets and sorrel are going strong and make a great addition to my salads. We are now eating asparagus – HURRAY! Not enough to cook for a meal yet, but enough to pick and eat raw in the garden…

    I put in greens a few weeks ago and they are doing nicely, as are the strawberries I planted. I hope to get my peas and onions in today.

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  3. Laura @ Raise Your Garden on May 14, 2014 at 7:57 am

    It’s still too risky in the Niagara Falls area to plant, we could potentially still get a freeze.

    Nonetheless, I’m so ready to plant. My neighbors keep asking me about when I’m planting too!

    So my only harvest are herbs from the grocery store plants I bought, pretty lame.

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  4. Luci McKeown on May 14, 2014 at 8:15 am

    We’ve got tomatoes and peppers in the ground. The herbs up popping up nicely as well as the lettuce and spinach. I need to get the blueberries, raspberries and strawberries in the ground today – rain in is the forecast for the next couple of days.

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  5. Nebraska Dave on May 14, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Susy, I pulled up my radish, rinsed it off and ate it right in the garden. Oh, my, goodness, it was so good. The lettuce is nearing time to get that first salad. The potatoes are up and growing, cabbages are looking good, onions are starting get some height, the tomatoes have doubled in size, and the bell peppers are starting to grow as well. I’m hoping to get some cucumbers and green beans in the ground soon. Life is good at the Urban Ranch.

    Have a great day growing in the garden.

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  6. MN Reid on May 14, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Well, it has been cool, but that is ok. He Egyptian onions are at least a foot tall! Onion sets that I planted 4/20 are getting some nice size. I have them in every bed in the middle. I will take them out and eat what’s there when I need to make room for other deliciousness. Onion plants that I started in January are looking sad. If I get anything from them I will be glad. At least I will get some green onions from them.

    White Russian Kale that over wintered (planted last August) has leaves about 2 inches. Kale planted on 4/20 is just starting to get tiny true leaves. I have Dinosaur Kale, Black Magic, a Kale blend form Gurney’s, and Red Russian.

    Cauliflower plants are just hanging out not doing much. Tall top Beets are still very tiny.

    I have lettuce galore that is thickly planted. I will thin it out soon and eat the baby leaves. I plan to leave a lot of it for living mulch.

    A new flower called ‘Bee’s Friend’ is showing signs of true leaves.

    Finally, I just planted oregano, prostrate rosemary, and parsley plants.

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  7. Sara on May 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Greens are really starting to pick up in the hoop this week, I have lots of kale and spinach and lettuce. Oh and MN Reid reminded me of the walking onions and chives. And Sorrel–so nice to have early/perennial plants on a cold spring where everything else is late.

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  8. Kyle on May 15, 2014 at 12:43 am

    We have had a ridiculously wet spring, even by PNW standards. Normally, if I planted peas March 1, they’d be halfway up the Space Needle by now. At best, they are a foot high. So, your peas, planted two months after mine, will probably pass mine up! I have had to replant a lot of spring veggies that normally take off. My lava beans are FINALLY getting with the show. I was supposed to succession plant after them in June…oops.

    Lettuce is starting to pick up. Radishes have been doing well. Spinach and chard are starting to pick up. The one thing that is going crazy are the potatoes I through in during mid-March in a fit of total cabin fever desperation. Who knew?

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