Archive for April 6th, 2009

A new pest (for me)

April 6, 2009

I have a very long bed along the fence that runs the length of my property.  It is usually very productive and, since it is on the north side of my property, I like to grow things along it that would otherwise shade out neighboring plants.  So yesterday I was getting a section of it ready for indeterminate tomatoes … like Brandywines … that really like to grow tall. That’s when I noticed that the bed was getting invaded by Jerusalem Artichokes. I must have dug out about 2 lbs. of ‘chokes from a 2′ by 3’ area.  But, it is the ‘chokes that I missed that worry me.  I’ll have to keep the bed really well weeded but they will always be there lurking and waiting. I wish I had a pig to root them out.

So … ‘chokes for dinner?

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First harvest of 2009

April 6, 2009

We had a terrific spinach salad yesterday … big enough for two large helpings each … with thinnings from the wintered-over spinach. Now note, these “thinnings” are not the usual tiny plants that one thins when one directly sows seeds but rather plants that were nearly 50% fully grown and just crowding each other out for that last 50% effort. So, we got a large collander full of leaves. And … it was very crisp and tender. Nice to have an early start to the season.