Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cool Weather Salad

On a recent cool morning, woodsmoke was in the air as I walked out to the garden to harvest rhubarb and our first salad. Prince Charming and I figured out, with the help of cold frames, we eat salads out of our garden all but four months of the year. Our last salad is around the end of November and our first is
middle April. Often I hear people say they don't plant until after Memorial Day and that's a good thing for hot weather vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers). Keep in mind many plants like the cool spring weather such as lettuce, kale, broccoli, peas, fava beans, etc.  In the heat of summer many lettuce varieties turn bitter and bolt quickly. Check your seed packets for the recommended planting time written "as soon as the soil can be worked".

 Fava Beans

Everbearing Strawberry

Sugar Snap Peas

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