This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, April 18, 2011

first harvest of the season

first harvest

I picked a nice bunch of spinach from my cold frame. These are plants I started late last fall. They grew very slowly over the winter and have now taken off in the warming spring sun. I sauteed it and it was delicious!



Blogger Lynda said...

I need to grow me some spinach!
Everyone seems to have such a great harvest of spinach this year!

April 18, 2011 8:55 PM

Blogger Jody said...

The spinach looks hearty. We had our first harvest today too in south central PA (your zone) of baby asparagus. It never made it to the kitchen

April 18, 2011 9:00 PM

Blogger Tim Vidra said...

So jealous! Looks great!


April 18, 2011 9:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice!

April 18, 2011 9:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jealous! I'll head to farmers market tomorrow and hope we can find some spinach as beautiful as this!

April 18, 2011 10:45 PM

Blogger Wendy said...

Do you grow this indoors over the winter? Or do you plant them in the cold frame and let them sit out there from fall until now?

April 18, 2011 11:16 PM

Blogger p3chandan said...

Your spinach looks very different from ours but maybe they taste the same? Anyway, home-grown veggies are the best, they taste sweeter!

April 19, 2011 2:02 AM

Blogger Sherry said...


April 19, 2011 2:31 AM

Anonymous mediaOrganic said...

Our first harvest will be next week, asparagus. I plan to plant spinach in the fall to overwinter. Still working out the details on which bed to use and how to protect it but I've got an idea that I'm fomenting. Will definitely do a post about it in the fall.

April 19, 2011 7:37 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Wendy, The 2nd option: I plant them in the cold frame and let them sit out there from fall until now.

The spinach variety is Olympia (from Territorial) "dark green plain leaf spinach for year-round sowing and harvests...Typically upright, it grows to 10 inches."

I am watching for my asparagus to sprout still. I planted it 3 years ago and this year will be my first harvest.

April 19, 2011 9:45 AM

Blogger Green Zebra Market Garden said...

Awesome! I decided not to put up my cold frame this spring (because it kept breaking apart last year). I'm already regretting it!

April 19, 2011 12:43 PM

Blogger Rachel said...

That spinach looks so good! I've just found your blog, looking forward to hearing your updates. I have only just started on my gardening adventure (and I only have a balcony), and I've started a blog to follow my progress
I'm sure I will get some great tips from you. PS your dog is so cute!

April 19, 2011 5:12 PM

Blogger Paul said...

Nice! I've been inspired to build or aquire a cold frame for next fall.

April 19, 2011 9:03 PM

Blogger biobabbler said...

Beautiful! I started lettuce late last fall and it, too, kinda just hung out, small, forever, and now I'm plucking, washing, shredding and eating them. It's interesting to pull up an entire plant and then eat it. So weirdly basic. =)

Also, have you ever noticed in keying out plants if the plant has milky sap it's usually toxic? And I noticed the lettuce has milky sap... =)

April 21, 2011 10:47 AM

Blogger ZZ said...

They look delicious!

I just put some spinach seeds in the ground yesterday. I think it might be too late to plant them, but as I mentioned in another comment on another blog, and I'll probably mention it again when I post about it, I was just so excited to actually get something in the ground, I was just too happy I didn't care.

But hopefully, they can look good, maybe even just as good as yours.

April 21, 2011 6:20 PM

Blogger Matron said...

I find spinach just takes off like a rocket in Spring if they have been overwintered. Yours looks lovely!

April 23, 2011 4:40 AM


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