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Apr 4, 2010 04:52 AM

Your April Garden

Here in NH, I dug some more parsnips. They are sprouting leaves so time's awasting. Thought I would try making a parsnip pie for the garden cookbook. Cooked the last decent sized Confection squash last night. Two others had molded when I wasn't looking but what a great keeper (seed purchased from Johnny's - I think it's a variety of Kabocha). Made Shrimp Curry with Yu Choy and Kabocha Squash on Epicurious. Very tasty.

Having discovered Yu Choy/Choy Sum at the Asian market this winter, I have to grow it in my garden. The recipe also used Thai basil so I will be happy to have it in my garden later this summer since the Asian market is an hour's drive.

Seeded Sugar Ann sugar snap peas, Tyee spinach and a lettuce mix. I had covered the bed with black plastic two weeks ago. The soil looks great despite other parts of the yard being a bit water logged. The bed is slightly raised, built as a lasagna bed last year. Covered with Agribon-19. Haven't used season extending techniques in many years but after losing some late plantings of beans to last year's early frost on Sept 18, I am going to put more effort into protecting the plants. A friend in town planted his peas 2 weeks ago and said a friend in another town planted his in early March. Last year I planted mid-April and they took forever to germinate. Hope th Agribon makes a difference.

Garlic chives and fall-planted garlic are up a few inches.
A month ago I winter sowed several containers, mostly flowers but also some leeks and shallot seed. Yesterday I started things like Chinese cabbage, broccoli and herbs indoors. I usually sow a variety of basils in pots near the kitchen door.

Black plastic went on the next bed. I set up my beds so rows would run east/west instead of north/south so I will make some changes this year. Thinking about growing tomatoes on straw bales this year. Anyone tried straw bale gardening?

Hoping the guy with the great composted horse manure has more this year. Peppers and tomatoes have been in the same great location for two years so I must move them. Peppers did great in a single row against the south side of the house. A friend said using black plastic mulch improved their pepper crop so I might try that since the other vegetable beds are in the open yard.

What's happening in your garden?

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  1. I planted my first whole garden last year and it did alright, better in some spots than others. My plan was to move this year so I didn't plan on having a garden but my plans changed so I just got my garden tilled twice over the past two days. The only thing I have out there now is garlic which I planted last year.

    Tomorrow is planting day for my herbs (two kinds of basil, thyme, dill, cilantro and chives). I'm planting carrots, onions, zucchini squash, green peas, bell peppers, poblano chiles and jalapenos in the front against my house instead of flowers. I did this last year planting veggies instead of flowers in the front.

    The garden in the back is getting yellow squash, romaine, butter lettuce, okra, and collards to start. I'm getting ready to order some big jim chile seeds from NMUniversity so they'll be going in when they arrive within the next two weeks. In the next few weeks, tomatillos, tomatoes, green beans, yellow wax beans and watermelon will go.

    1. I've planted spinach, radishes (red meat or watermelon variety), turnips, beets (even though I'm not really a fan), potatoes (yukon, pontiac red, and all blue), onions (sweet, white, and scallions), lettuce (mesculin, baby romaine, and endive), kale, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, and sugar snap peas. My rhubarb is coming back nicely. And the garlic I planted last fall is looking beautiful!

      Indoors I've started peppers (bell and ancho), eggplant, basil (genovese and lemon), and tomatoes (black krim, brandywine, sungold, amish paste, and opalka). So far so good!

      My only regrets are I didn't start early enough to get my cauliflower, broccoli, and romanesco going from seed. Nor did I start my asparagus plants in time. Oh well, there's always next year.