It is officially spring and it is exciting to see all of the plants starting to grow. I am providing an update to what I am growing right now. I won’t list all of my plants, only larger changes from the last What’s Growin’ post. Most of the plants I am including are new.
I only include edible or medicinal plants here. I have many other beautiful plants, but this is Garden4Dinner and I only include flowers if I plan to consume them. I know medicine isn’t exactly food, but it does help with being frugal and healthy.
- Camellia sinensis (Green Tea Tree)– Deceased – I was excited to try making green tea, but unfortunately the plant I received in January is slowly dying. I am not sure if it was bad when I received it or I just couldn’t get the conditions right. I think it is more likely the later. Either way, eventually I will have to try again. I have been eyeing one at a local nursery, I just haven’t taken the plunge yet.
Of course, I have many seedlings because it is the spring time. I won’t go into details about many of them other than providing pictures.
- Seascape Strawberries – Deceased – I impatiently purchased these bare roots at the wrong time of year. I will have strawberries though, I will try again.
- Di Ciccio Broccoli
- Anise Hyssop
- Waltham Broccoli
- Snowball Y Cauliflower
- Catskill Brussel Sprouts
- Long Island Improved Brussel Sprouts
- Common Chives
- Purpurea Echinacea
- Lavender – I am not sure on the variety. It came with a variety pack of herb seeds, otherwise I wouldn’t have planted it.
- Genovese Basil
- Large Leaf Basil
- German Chamomile – In the past I have always direct seeded this. I decided to give this a try indoors. I think it may do better direct seeded.
- Slow-Bolt Cilantro
- King of the North Peppers
- Sweet Marjoram
- Mary Washington Asparagus – I tried planting asparagus seeds for the first time. They are growing well. Many of them are top heavy and I need to stake them.
- Giant of Italy Parsley
- Triple Curled Parsley
- Salad Burnet
- A Grappoli D’inverno Tomato – A good winter tomato
- Black Vernissage Tomato
- Brandywine Slicing Tomato
- Chadwick Cherry Tomato
- Baxter’s Tomato
- Pineapple Tomato – The next four tomatoes are from seeds a friend collected and shared with me.
- Paul Robeson Tomato
- Old German Tomato
- Long Keeper Tomato – Unfortunately, I don’t think I will have room in my garden beds for all of the different tomatoes I have. I will likely have to give some as gifts.
- Cornuta, Mixed Colors Violas
- Dwarf Lemon Meyer – My lemon tree was looking so sad. Fortunately, I changed the conditions and it is doing great now. I placed it in my garden room, which is warmer, more humid, and has more light. It isn’t close to the grow lights, but I am sure it appreciates more light. I additionally placed it on a tray of rocks and added water to create a more humid micro-climate. I fertilized the lemon tree with a little sea kelp to add micronutrients. Kelp has natural healing properties and can help heal wounds.
- Dwarf Key Lime – My lime tree was looking horrible. It had lost a majority of the leaves and I ended up moving it to the same environment as the lemon tree and it is doing great. I see new growth again. I am so thankful I was able to save it, especially considering citrus doesn’t grow well in the Pacific Northwest.
Planted last fall
- Dutch Yellow Shallots – These were another risky purchase from an unknown company. I also stored these sets for a while. They don’t seem to be growing well or quickly. I am not sure how long it should take for them to start, but I planted them well before the onions and the onions already started. I have only seen one of them start so far.
- Yellow Rock Onion – This was an impulse buy at the nursery. When I purchased my shallots I didn’t know how many I would receive and they didn’t fill the bed I intended for them. I decided to add yellow rock onion sets to fill up the bed.
- Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Peas – My snow peas are blooming. I can’t wait for a harvest.
- Australian Yellow Lettuce (Green Leaf)
- Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce (Green Leaf)
- Crisp Mint Lettuce (Romaine)
- Rouge d’Hiver Lettuce (Romaine)
- Sugar Snap Peas (vine)
- Wando Peas
- Black Spanish Round Radish – These tend to be our least favorite. I never know how to prepare them.
- Cherry Belle Radish – Our favorite has always been the Cherry Belle, but I just have to try the other varieties, one more time.
- French Breakfast Radish
- Purple Plum Radish
- White Beauty Radish
- Purple Top White Globe OG Turnip
- Microgreens – I finally got around to planting these. They are starting to grow slowly.
- Giant Noble Spinach – Sometimes I don’t have a high germination rate with spinach. I think it was bad seeds previously. This is a new variety and I have been having a great germination rate.
- Benton Strawberries (June bearing) – Since my strawberry bare roots didn’t end up working out, I purchased some strawberries from the nursery. I hope I didn’t make a mistake by planting two varieties right next to each other.
- Seascape Strawberries (Ever bearing)
- Spanish ‘Anouk Silver’ Lavender – This plant I purchased very small on discount. Unfortunately, it isn’t handling the winter well. I probably should have covered it, but I purchased the English variety at the same time and it is doing fine.
- Mint – I transitioned this to outside. Even though I transitioned it very slowly, it seems to be adjusting still.
- Sweet Laurel Bay Tree – This is for bay leaves used for cooking. My tree is doing spectacularly. I just received it in January and it has almost doubled its height. It is exciting to see the new growth. Since there doesn’t seem to be a risk of snow, just rain and rain and rain, I transitioned it outside.
All of the fruit trees have buds on them.
- Apricot Tree – It has large broken branches from the snow this year, but is still showing signs of growth. I will have to keep an eye out for diseases because of the broken branches.
April is the month of our average last frost. It is time to start planting more outdoors!
What are you growing? Is anything growing particularly well for you?
[Image Credit: ©2017 Garden4Dinner] The featured image is an Asian Pear tree, which I am noticing the grocery stores are now calling apple pears.