For those of you following the chronicle of my raised garden beds, here’s the first update.
I planted the seeds in the garden beds on July 20.
As of today, July 28, a bunch of the seeds I planted have sprouted.
First up, as expected, were the radishes. Those of us who get impatient should always plant radishes. Not only can they be counted on to sprout in about 5 days, but they also grow to maturity in about a month.
Pictured here are the daikon radish sprouts. Assuming that vermin do not get to them, we’ll probably use some of the daikons we harvest in salads and we’ll probably pickle some. (We may also share some with our neighbors.)
Luckily, the denizens of Casa Free-Ride are radish fans.
Especially seeing as how, in addition to daikon radishes, we also planted French breakfast radishes and Easter egg radishes. All of them have sprouted.
Some of the leafy greens have also sprouted: the rainbow chard (pictured here), the mustard greens, a few kinds of lettuce (oak leaf, romaine, and red sails).
A couple of the cole crops also have sprouted (cauliflower and kohlrabi).
So far, of the root vegetables that are not radishes, only the turnips have sprouted, but they have done so very enthusiastically.
The soybeans (pictured above) have also started making an appearance. We’re trying to see if we can grow enough soybeans to make our own tofu and/or tempeh. If not, I’m happy to serve edamame several nights a week.
A couple of the bush beans have also started sprouting.
We’re still waiting for signs of life from the carrots, parsnips, beets, cabbage, onions, and nasturtiums. But as of today, I’m feeling pretty good about the prospects that we’ll be getting some food out of this experiment in backyard agriculture.