Vegetables and Fruit forum: what are you eating from your garden this spring?

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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Apr 16, 2014 5:40 PM CST
I'm curious what everyone is eating from their garden so far. I have been eating lettuce, greens from broccoli, cauliflower, chard, spinach, onions, herbs, and a few bite size squash and broccoli.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 16, 2014 7:30 PM CST
So far only leaf lettuce and asparagus.
Name: cheshirekat
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ckatNM
Apr 16, 2014 11:32 PM CST
Chives and stevia. So depressing, I know. I have been having major herb cravings.

I thought I'd be eating arugula by now, but I moved some volunteers to honored places in my garden and they don't seem especially happy that I moved them. I think it must be a family thing. These are plants that arose from letting them go to seed last year. The seeds that landed in my neighbor's yard became plants that are doing very well - without a drop of water. I don't think the neighbor has noticed me drooling every time I mention to him that he can eat the arugula - and he got it free. He will have much more because some have gone to seed already. From lack of water I'm sure.

All the herbs started inside have been growing very slowly. I thought daily sun would perk them up, so I moved nearly all outside. I have to resist the urge to count the leaves on my cinnamon basil plant. It has been growing, but only at the pace of a plant that knows it is to be eaten, I guess. And I haven't had an arugula salad with different basils, chives, and parsley (all fresh from my garden, of course) in a long time. Okay, it was just last fall, but still, the cravings are not to be ignored.

I've been running all over looking for elusive sweet potato slips. All the local places say they never stock them. Nor the plants. I think this climate is perfect for growing sweet potatoes, but all the stores have me believing people around here don't like growing them. That means many more for me. Perhaps I should start a business growing them and selling them. Meanwhile, I will continue to order them online. Before I go to bed tonight, I'll order.
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Apr 17, 2014 3:20 AM CST
I am seriously thinking of trying the snails. Apparently you can clean them out and fatten on oat meal in a big container. It would be such justice.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Apr 18, 2014 5:25 AM CST
Ewww... Glen! lol

Right now, chard, lettuce, spinach, carrots, (as usual the radishes had a poor showing) cilantro, corn mache, chervil and onions. Also tried a couple of new herbs that the jury is still out on. But not really fair to all because in this zone most will survive the winters ~including me! Green Grin!
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 18, 2014 6:22 AM CST
Right now, I'm harvesting onions, leeks, parsley and various mints. Oh, and some pineapple sage and violas.
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dave
Apr 18, 2014 8:06 AM CST

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So far just lettuce, spinach, radishes, kale and mustard greens.
Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Apr 18, 2014 9:53 AM CST
@dave, is there something wrong with ATP? I lose the whole message if I add a picture.
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DavidofDeLand
Apr 18, 2014 10:41 AM CST
Still have developing cabbages and tons of Swiss Chard which have been going since early Fall. The giant red Mustards are done, yet have left a couple to save seed and my favorite Broccolis the same;..still getting lots of Tomatoes since September from the same old plants, and the herbs are ever present. We were blessed here this year with no major freezes of course.

I have produce all over the place from the front gardens to the back. These pictures only show a few. I combine produce and ornamentals in all my gardens. Thumbs up
Thumb of 2014-04-18/DavidofDeLand/e77fae The Red Cabbages and Swiss Chards can be seen in the the top to right sides.
Thumb of 2014-04-18/DavidofDeLand/b91743 One batch of Mustard seeds developing from an old seed saver are under the Grape ornament hanging in the center off this picture that is hanging in the just flushing out Ginkgo Biloba tree. (Think of this picture as an Easter egg hunt Smiling )
Thumb of 2014-04-18/DavidofDeLand/dc6dd5 A few leftovers and a few new additions. I'm letting the two red curly leafs that look like red Christmas trees go to seed too. New additions are being added in this planter as always along with the old and have just harvested enough beans from the young plants shown to make a nice dinner for two. The old Pepper plant will be cut back and regrow. In the back is and old Tomato plant that has been producing since September.


Thumb of 2014-04-18/DavidofDeLand/f161c4Strwberries are in the planter to the left, and Bell Peppers and Patty Squash (look like little UFO's in ivory) are in the one to the right which were started from seed and are babies.

Happy gardening! Lets hope for a bountiful new year! Smiling

Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Apr 18, 2014 11:03 AM CST
Nope, gone again. Must be my tablet.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Apr 18, 2014 6:49 PM CST
We have been enjoying several types of lettuce including Romaine (first year for that), parsley, lemon grass, chives and garlic chives, green onions, mints, kale and a bit of broccoli. Considering the unusual kind of winter we had, that's not a bad start.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 18, 2014 6:56 PM CST
Stupid guineas are eating my romaine. The regular leaf lettuce is under row cover so they haven't gotten to it, Thank heavens!
Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Apr 18, 2014 9:47 PM CST
This is what I picked this AM. Chard, spinach, asparagus, onions, broccoli and cauliflower leaves, cilantro, chives.

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There's not much yet, but I pick anything big enough, and add it to pasta each day.

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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Apr 19, 2014 4:05 AM CST
Love to see that, texaskitty. Thumbs up
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Apr 19, 2014 5:35 AM CST
texaskitty111 said:This is what I picked this AM. Chard, spinach, asparagus, onions, broccoli and cauliflower leaves, cilantro, chives.

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There's not much yet, but I pick anything big enough, and add it to pasta each day.


Very good Texaskitty! Just last night I was reading MENs article "40 Gardening Tips to Maximize Your Harvest" and tip number 20 is appropriate to your post. Good going!

20. Pick Early and Often. Many garden vegetables get harvested when they are technically quite immature — budding heads of broccoli flowers, barely plump snap peas or tender, little summer squash. Harvesting early and often helps keep vegetable plants in reproduction mode longer, which in turn increases yields. In a study from the University of Idaho Extension comparing summer squash harvested daily as baby squash with the same varieties picked every two to three days, researchers gathered more than twice as many baby squash from the more intensively harvested plants.


Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/print.aspx?id={50F7EFD7-F5D4-...

Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Apr 19, 2014 6:10 AM CST
Sounds good to me. Why wait until a vegetable is big enough that you have to chop it into bite size pieces? Won't work for fruits, though.
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