Things continue to sprout and grow in the $5 Dinners Garden…and this week I thought I’d share what’s happening in Dorothy’s garden!
What’s growing in our Zone 5/6 garden? Lots of things actually.
The boys and I (yes, all 3 of them!) planted several things on St. Patrick’s Day. Traditionally, you plant your peas on St. Patrick’s Dayas a rule of thumb, so we planted 2 generous 4′ rows of sugar snap peas. Next to that went 2 4′ rows of broccoli, then the onion sets-again 2 rows. We’ll plant more onions and broccoli in the next week or two.
I tried something new this past fall. I left a couple of my smaller onions that had a late harvest (think October) just sitting on top of the soil. I just wanted to see what they would do. Well, I should’ve spaced them out into organized rows because every single one ROOTED! And they are getting so big!
We pruned and thinned out the asparagus. (I do not recommend asparagus for a beginner gardener.) It’s strong and spreads when happy, and it’s ugly during the summertime. Asparagus is a root/tuber and thus, derives it’s energy from the sun via foliage. You have to leave the foliage long in the summer. It grows well over 6′ tall; I’ve experiemented and discovered I can prune it to 4′ and it still grows well the next Spring. My husband really likes it, but otherwise I’d get rid of it. One nice thing about asparagus is that it’s a perennial, so once established and happy, it just grows on it’s own. I don’t fertilize it (well, I don’t fertilize anything beyond using manure and kitchen scraps) and I barely water it or prune it.
The strawberry plants started off innocently enough, but have turned into agressive spreaders that have lept out of their raised bed and into my pathway, yard and other beds. They seem to be able to leap about 4-6′!
My Fall garlic is coming up nicely. I’ve had mixed results with garlic. The heads are very small and don’t store well. Good thing we eat a LOT of garlic in this house.
The kids also planted a lot of sunflower seeds. If you’re an avid gardener, you might think that’s a risk planting them so early. The south side of my house is really a micro-climate zone, probably about a Zone 7. The seedlings will have no trouble with our cold nights because the house will keep them warm. The other thing is that we live in the suburbs and have a heat island effect going on. All the concrete gives off heat on cool nights.
What’s left to plant in the garden? Too much to even think about! I’m headed back outside to see what else I can plant!
Dorothy is one crazy lady living with 4 boys – married to one and raising the other 3. She enjoys scrapbooking, gardening, sports and an occasional book.
We just LOVE hearing what’s happening in your garden each week!!!
Whether it’s small harvest, or a large one, we wanna know! Feel free to link up your blog post below…or leave an update in the comments!!!