On April 11th, I took this picture right after I planted lots of tiny lettuce seedlings into the ground. In that blog entry I mentioned that we would have salad in a couple of weeks. I wasn't kidding. I made the first clippings for salad tonight just two weeks later!The lettuce isn't the only thing making progress. In the foreground you can see the beets have sprouted and to the right of them the spinach is ready to surrender baby leaves too. The onions are a bit of an experiment. They were planted last year and never got any size to their bulbs. I think they are just going to go to seed this year which will be pretty. If not, I'm hoping they will get bigger bulbs.
Not much accomplished in the garden after work today. Its meatless Monday and there was Veggie Lasagna to be made. I planted the Chinese Red Noodle Beans in a big pot and that's about it. Beans are normally direct seeded into the ground here but this variety is tropical and needs heat to avoid the pouts. I figured I would get it off to a headstart while I wait for the ground temperatures to hit 65. I'd like to harvest before Labor Day and last years beans were such a disaster I'm stacking the odds in my favor as much as I can.
Yesterday was pretty drippy out. I got the strawberry popcorn in the ground along with the peas (again!) and the rest of the carrots. The soil prep for the carrots took a bit of time. I got a tip that they like soil very fine with no twigs or chunks of any kind in it. The dechunkification of the carrot area took about an hour. Then the rain came and I squeezed in planting cilantro and marigold seeds between the storms. Pretty lazy day. It was a treat!