Harvest Monday

I get to join Harvest Monday being hosted by Daphne’s Dandelions.

My first harvest for 2010.

4-17:  Mustard greens_2.2 oz, Green swiss chard (transplants from mother-in-law last fall)_3.0 oz.

4-19:  Mustard greens_4.11 oz, Green swiss chard_2.4 oz, Bright lights swiss chard1.0 oz, Baby spinach_.6 oz.

Yay!  It makes it worth taking the time to cover the beds at night with the frost blanket.

Happy Gardening!



  1. April 19, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    YAY! I really need a hoop house 😉 I tried to buy a floating row cover, but nobody at Lowe’s had ever heard of Remay or Agribond…..or row covers in general. Or frost protection.

    • gardengoodies said,

      April 20, 2010 at 6:50 am

      Hmmm. Do I hear a little disappointment with the Lowe’s staff?

      Seriously, you might want to talk to the garden department manager about ordering some. Everybody’s more interested in gardening now, and you’re probably not the only one who’d buy some if it was available.

      • April 20, 2010 at 10:22 am

        Disappointment? With the store employees that watch me struggle with putting those heavy compost bags and peat bales onto my cart and then into the back of my pickup, but never raise a finger to help? Nah.

        Not to play favorites, nobody at Home Depot knew what vermiculite was. Three employees in the garden department who had never heard of it.

        • gardengoodies said,

          April 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm

          All I can say is WOW.

          I found vermiculite at a place called The Feed Store. It’s a little distance from me, but I made the trip. They sell animal feed, they even have chickens. That’s where I bought the alfalfa pellets. They sell the vermiculite for $1.99 per pound in 25 (I think) pound bags. I had asked about buying a full bag, and the owner said he didn’t have any more in stock but would sell me what he had left in that bag. For whatever reason, I had the impression the bag was almost full and I agreed to pay $21 for the bag. Turns out the bag was half full, so that makes it over $40 per bag. I know if you’re able to find it in garden supply stores it cost about $20 to $25, but it’s hard to find. I got it anyway because the guy was nice enough to call me back and he did go down a little on the per pound price. They also had dried molasses and bone meal and I think blood meal, all the amendments I’ve been hearing about on my Yahoo group.

          So, long story short, try a feed store or a farm supply store if they’re in your area.

          • April 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm

            I can get the vermiculite in 4 cubic foot bags at the feed store or at Lowe’s. It runs $23-25. I was looking for the smaller bag that I get for under $5, as all I wanted it for was to cover my seeds. The store where I usually buy it was sold out, but they finally got some in and I got the last bag (it was on the wrong shelf, but I spotted it). Since I go through a couple of these small ones a year, I should have just given in and got the big one. Next year I will.

            • gardengoodies said,

              April 21, 2010 at 5:30 pm

              Now I’ve got to check out the Lowes for the vermiculite. I want to do containers and I can’t find the Pro-Mix anywhere, so I’ll try to make my own mix.

  2. vrtlaricaana said,

    April 20, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Lovely harvest!
    You have a great lettuce bed, and heads are huge!

    • gardengoodies said,

      April 20, 2010 at 6:36 am

      Thanks. They’re not huge yet, but they’re getting there.

  3. Angela Moll said,

    April 20, 2010 at 2:26 am

    It is so worth it to cover the beds at night and uncover them back every morning? And you get those nice greens in return.

    • gardengoodies said,

      April 20, 2010 at 6:39 am

      It’s a little tedios, but I’ve started timing myself and trying to get it done quicker each day.

  4. Daphne said,

    April 20, 2010 at 7:36 am

    There is that adage that if you haven’t lost a few plants you aren’t pushing your season hard enough. Personally I hate to lose plants but love the earlier harvests that protection will bring. I use an agribon row cover so I don’t have to keep covering and uncovering. I just leave it on for the whole season.

    • gardengoodies said,

      April 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm

      I just looked up Agribon. 83″x50′ for about $23.00. That’s really not bad at all. If the shipping and handling isn’t too crazy (I absolutely hate paying for shipping and handling) that’s definitely something to look at for the fall. Right now I’m happy with what I have, especially because it was free. (One of the folks who works for the plant wholesaler at Home Depot had left it on the floor and I thought it was for sale. She ended up giving it to me.)

  5. stefaneener said,

    April 24, 2010 at 11:25 am

    That sounds like a great idea. It’s fun to see how people’s experiments are going to work out.

    • gardengoodies said,

      April 25, 2010 at 11:53 am

      So far so good. The squash plants outside holding their own too despite a couple nights in the thirties.

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