There’s been a lot of activity on the rooftop over the past few weeks. The snow peas are growing fast, the garlic is having a party, and the spinach is actually starting to look edible.
I also received a belated birthday present of five locally sourced strawberry plants recently. I only had four planters, but I had some extra space in one my mixed containers, so I’m going to try growing a strawberry plant in the same large container as some snow peas, spinach, and garlic.
In the nursery, also known as the windowsill, progress has been a bit slower.
I probably shouldn’t be surprised that the spinach is going to be the first plant ready to harvest. In fact, I think it might already be grown enough to snip a few leaves for dinner tonight. But since the spinach was one of my under performing crops of 2011 I’m pleasantly surprised.
I should probably have done a better job of labeling the garlic I planted 4 weeks ago from the cloves I put in the soil 2 weeks ago… but I was counting on the fact that it would be obvious from the top which plants were most mature. Looking at them now though, I’m not so sure that’ll be the case.
Either way, there’s a lot of garlic growing so I’m pretty sure we’ll have a good garlicky summer without spending too much money on the onion cousin at the farmer’s market.
Meanwhile, after weeks of wondering what the heck the tiny little winged bugs swarming over my spinach and peas were, the answer is pretty much what I’d assumed from the start: gnats. Fungus gnats, to be more specific.
I don’t know if the mosquito dunks and sticky traps will have any impact on the mites one way or the other, but I’m not all that concerned about them.