Possible Frost

K and I almost didn’t go to the garden today because there was a huge manhunt right in the area that closed down several streets.  I had a doctors appointment earlier and heard helicopters overhead, and the nurses were talking about running to their cars so as not to be caught outside as I left the office.  But there’s a frost advisory tonight, so the hubby and I figured we should mulch our plants so they make it through.

Our little lettuce plants look to be doing well.  We are beginning to see the first formations of rows!

Lettuce rows

Lettuce rows

I finally got a new picture of the strawberries again – they look like they have settled in quite nicely.  They are definitely bigger and greener.

Strawberry plants 4/29

Strawberry plants 4/29

This is how they looked 10 days ago.

Strawberry plants 4/19

Strawberry plants 4/19

In the end we decided not to mulch, as the hubby convinced me that lettuce is hardy enough to make it through a light freeze.  I hope he’s right!

Pesto FAIL

Bah, I tried my hand at making pesto tonight, trying to get rid of my unwieldy basil plant that’s been growing out of control all winter.  But I really only had about a cup (packed) of leaves, so I thought I’d make just enough for a snack.  Or something.

So I started chopping up some walnuts (not pine nuts) and garlic.

Walnuts and garlic

Walnuts and garlic

Added the pesto leaves.

Insert basil here

Insert basil here

Poured in some EVOO.

EVOO added

EVOO added

Then I started to go very wrong.  The amount of parmesan cheese my recipe called for seemed to be way too much. So I only added about half.  Then, when I tasted it, it was too parmesan-y.  So I added some fresh black pepper.  Then a little more.  And a little more.  And then it was too peppery.

The finished product

The finished product

So, all in all, eh.  But it was all my fault.

Mystery Plant anew

We found this on our neighbor Walter’s plot (he’s nowhere to be seen yet, and we’re thinking the plot might be abandoned).

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K thinks it’s broccoli rabe.  For proof he shows me this, which we bought at the Farmer’s Market last weekend.

Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli Rabe

What say you?  Is it the same?

P.S. – the Summer Farmer’s Market (a.k.a. the Winter Farmer’s Market moved outside) starts next Sunday! I’m so excited! Since my last post on the farmer’s market, we’ve gotten a creamery to come!  Yay local milk!

Great Flats Pic of the Week

April 26, 2009

April 26, 2009

The green is multiplying!

(For a rundown of all the Great Flats pics this year, check out my Great Flats page)

Overnight Growth

We have growth!  Yay!

The beginnings of lettuce!

The beginnings of lettuce!

I am pretty sure that this is the Black-seeded Simpson Lettuce growing, but it might be the Amish Deer Tongue. I really need to get on making some seed markers or it’s gonna be a long summer!

Long-standing Spinach

Long-standing Spinach

Our first spinach plant!

I didn’t take a picture, but the strawberry plants look like they are loving life out in the garden.  I was afraid the huge change in temperatures last week would affect them, but they are looking green and happy so far.  I think they’ve even gotten a little bigger.  I’m ready for them to put out some runners and start producing us some strawberries!

We found this plant growing in our garden and are such new gardeners, we’re wondering if it’s a weed or something left over from last year.  Knowing our luck, it’s probably a weed.  But does anyone know what this is?

Mystery Plant

Mystery Plant

And finally, the tulips are starting to bloom! Albany’s Tulip Festival is next week, and there will be hundreds of tulips more to see!

Tulips

Tulips

Could it be?

I was nursing a horrid hangover yesterday after my BFF’s bachelorette party on Saturday night, so the hubby kindly took solo garden duty yesterday to go water everything.  We were just there on Saturday morning but he says things are starting to sprout already! Really?  24 hours later?

So I’ll be stopping by (in my heels) this evening to get some pics!  Stay tuned!

Spring Garden Work Party

It is HOT out!

Garden water pump

Garden water pump

The hubby and I just got back from our garden’s Spring Garden Work Party.  When you sign up for a plot, you obligate yourself to go to a spring party and fall party to help start up and shut down the garden for the season.  If you can’t make your own garden’s party, you can go to any other garden’s party to meet your requirement.

Our party started at 9am and we immediately got to work cleaning up trash, turning over mulch, weeding, and cleaning up plots from last year.  We got to meet quite a few people and it is very multicultural.  Lev is our “next plot neighbor” and there is also Oksana and her husband a little ways away.  There was an young Australian guy named John, who was from another garden, along with Steve, who’s accent I couldn’t place – he was just there from GE.  LOL, I couldn’t figure that out.  GE is General Electrics, the major employer (or used to be) in Schenectady, and I don’t think Steve actually had a plot, he was just helping everyone out.

Our other “next plot neighbor” didn’t show up, and hasn’t been to his garden at all.  Apparently his name is Walter, but I wonder if he’s going to do anything, or is just waiting till later to start.

We also met Terry, Joe, Marissa, Joan, Sue, Pat, and whole bunch of other people that I can’t remember their names of, and I just met them.  Here are some pics from today:

Joe working on the mulch pile.

Joe working on the mulch pile.

Everyone pitched in to move this mulch pile to back fence.  This was going to be a new garden plot instead.

Lots of people pitching in

Lots of people pitching in

Cleaning up the plots

Cleaning up the plots

Sue working on her plot

Sue working on her plot

Lots of leaf bags everywhere

Lots of leaf bags everywhere

Hewitts, a local nursery, donates leaf bags to the CDCG.

Rhubarb plant

Rhubarb plant

Look at this huge rhubarb plant!  This is either Joe’s or Sue’s.

Weeding the flowerbed outside the garden

Weeding the flowerbed outside the garden

Everyone’s hard at work! This pic made me laugh because it reminds me of a Sprint commercial with those bars…

Veggie Mobile truck

Veggie Mobile truck

As we were weeding, a truck playing hip hop music really loudly came thundering through the neighborhood. We looked up to see this bright truck coming through.  This truck is part of the CDCG’s program to get fresh fruits and veggies to the inner city.  Here, many people don’t have cars and don’t have a full grocery store for many miles.  Lots of people rely on the corner store, which has lots of processed foods, but not a lot of fresh produce.  The Veggie Mobile is a refrigerated truck that runs on biodiesel and solar power!  It goes through these neighborhoods and gives out free, fresh produce.  We can grow extra food in our garden this summer and give it to the veggie mobile to pass out, or participate in the Squash Hunger program, which donates the food direct to the communities themselves.  CDCG is great!

Close-up

Close-up

There were so many people who showed up for the work party, we finished pretty quickly! And not a moment too soon – today is gonna be brutal!