April has arrived, and with it we finally have a break in the weather. Old man winter wasn’t quite ready to leave us last week as we got a quick dusting of snow. Thankfully it didn’t last long.
This week we have daffodils blooming.
And we have bluebirds nesting. Our friend Carla reports hers have 5 eggs already. Ours haven’t laid any eggs yet, but the nest is ready.
I took advantage of nice weather yesterday to plant kohlrabi and lettuce in one of the cold frame beds. The green pellets in the below photo are Sluggo Plus, which I spread to help control the slugs.
These plants were started back in February. The kohlrabi variety is Kossak, and it makes nice large edible stems about 90 days after setting out plants. It’s a good keeper too. I did a Saturday Spotlight on it last year, and you can read it here. I spaced these about 10 inches apart to let them get nice and large. I alternated the Kossak between the lettuce plants (Oakleaf, Radichetta and Simpson Elite). I also set out plants for Kolibri and Winner kohlrabi in another bed, which should be ready in about 60 days.
Inside the greenhouse, I planted some Asian greens in one of the beds. That’s mizuna in the below photo, and I also set out komatsuna and Yukina Savoy (a tatsoi relative). These quick growers should be ready to start eating in a few weeks.
The rest of my planting activities are in a holding pattern, as I wait for the weather and soil temperatures to warm. I have beds prepared for potatoes, cabbage and broccoli, but the soil is still a bit too cold. It was about 45°F yesterday, which is just warm enough to plant potatoes. However I’m still waiting on the arrival of the potatoes I ordered. Last year I planted potatoes on April 6th, so we are not really running behind schedule this year.
The soil needs to be at least 50°F before I set out the broccoli and cabbage, so those plants are hanging out in the greenhouse. Once the soil warms up they will be ready to go in the ground. I rely on soil temperature as well as the calendar when I decide on planting times. Much of the growing activity is going on underground, so it makes sense to keep an eye on the temperature there. You can read more about my planting schedule here.
The plants for peppers, tomatoes and eggplant are still inside under fluorescent lights. It will be another month before it’s time to set out any of them. I think they are best left inside for the time being, until they are a bit bigger. I do have a few early types that are sizing up nicely already. I’ll pot them up in larger containers soon, so they can get a nice root system before setting out.
That’s a look at what’s happening in the gardening world here at Happy Acres. I hope you enjoyed the update!