Conquering Cilantro & Radish AND a Bunch of Miss Alanie

Many exciting things going on in the Moonmooring garden right now. Everything is about a month ahead of schedule with all the warm weather we have had. Of course we are also having unseasonable hot dry wind and a lack of rain. Where are those April showers? According to the weather folks we are in for a wild ride the next few days and in light of that I am holding off setting out some plants that are at the ready. Namely the peppers. Anticipating wind, rain, possible hail and tornadic activity over the next few days.

I do love watching peas and beans grow. They are so quick about it.

Last Thursday there was nothing showing. Friday morning the pole beans had popped their little heads through.

Last Thursday there was nothing showing. Friday morning the pole beans had popped their little heads through.

By this morning, Monday, they had grown this much! They will shoot right up that garden gate trellis in no time. Wishing I had rattlesnake pole beans this year but forgot to order the seed.

By this morning, Monday, they had grown this much! They will shoot right up that garden gate trellis in no time. Wishing I had rattlesnake pole beans this year but forgot to order the seed. I should pull that blade of grass…

There were a few good looking white icicle but the soil is still less than perfect for this batch. Making progress though.

There were a few good looking white icicle radishes but the soil was still less than perfect for this batch. Making progress though.

Today this bunch was ready just in time for lunch! I have been eating radishes almost every day now for a while and this is the best looking batch. Finally I have seed tape figured out. You can see how seed tape is made by watching any number of YouTube videos.

Today this bunch was ready just in time for lunch! I have been eating radishes almost every day now for a while and this is the best looking batch. Finally I have seed tape figured out. You can see how seed tape is made by watching any number of YouTube videos. I use TP and make it in about 2 1/2 foot sections. These are placed front to back in the raised beds or tucked in between something that is slower growing than the radish and picked well before that something shades them. I plant a 2 foot “row” just about every week and it has been keeping me in radishes. Gene is not fond of them. Tsk.

I'm starting to feel the same way about cilantro that I do about peas... can't seem to get enough of it especially now that I have it figured out. Today's cilantro cutting - half of this went in to lunch for me and Gene. Hello Gene! How was the taco salad?

I’m starting to feel the same way about cilantro that I do about peas… can’t seem to get enough of it especially now that I have it figured out. Today’s cilantro cutting – half of this went into lunch for me and Gene. Hello Gene! How was the taco salad?

These are the peppers that are really big enough to go in the real dirt but with this storm coming in the next couple days we have decided to keep them away from harsh weather one more time. Why not. You might also notice a couple pots of zucchini and yellow straight neck there. More about squash later. Even Cushaw this year!

These are the peppers that are really big enough to go in the real dirt but with this storm coming in the next couple days we have decided to keep them away from harsh weather one more time. Why not. You might also notice a couple pots of zucchini and yellow straight neck there. More about squash later. Even Cushaw this year! Yes that is one lone little seedling back there. I am hoping it is a tomatillo.

Chives freshly divided and doing well. I will likely dig half of them soon and transplant into the new herb bed.

Chives freshly divided and doing well. I will likely dig half of them soon and transplant into the new herb bed.

Planted from "onion butts" last fall some of these got really large and so sweet! I bought a bunch of organic green onions from the local grocery and cut off the bottoms to plant. Mulch and keep moist.

Planted from “onion butts” last fall some of these got really large and so sweet! I bought a bunch of organic green onions from the local grocery and cut off the bottoms to plant. Mulch and keep moist.

The onion butts from todays harvest. This is the third planting from the original bunch of green onions. Talk about recycling.

The onion butts from todays harvest. This is the third planting from the original bunch of green onions. Talk about recycling. Trim off at least half the hairy roots and plant.

I put this herb bed in this morning and will fill it soon. To the left will be a sawdust walkway and then another parallel herb bed.

I put this herb bed in this morning and will fill it soon. To the left will be a sawdust walkway and then another parallel herb bed.

What was once my sewing room and is the back door to the kitchen garden it has become a catch all for garden "stuff". You might notice I tidied up for the photo! Ha! Still messy.

What was once my sewing room and is the back door leading to the kitchen garden it has become a catch all for garden “stuff”. You might notice I tidied up for the photo! Ha! Still messy.

In case you’re curious this garden space is in the central area of Zone 7 in Arkansas. The zone maps have been updated because of changing weather and climate the past few decades. The Moonmooring Kitchen Garden is also in a protected space on the south side of the house and it holds a lot of heat which is great in the winter and spring. Not so great in the heat of summer. Work with what you have! It has 200 whole square feet of growing space and we eat a little something from it almost every day of the year. Our goal is to provide ourselves veggies for one meal per day. More often than not we exceed that goal. This year Gene wants corn so we have added the Cornfield garden space. It is 500 square feet overall with minimal walkways. The cornfield will have a central area to grow corn and the inside perimeter is planted with potatoes, tomatoes and still to come peppers and squash. I’m gonna be a busy Suzie homemaker this summer!

What’s your garden up to?

signature, Sarah

 

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