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Scenes From the Late Winter Garden

May 17, 2013

For the sake of honesty, here is what my vegetable garden looks like now. An appropriate subtitle might be “The detritus of the late winter garden.”

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Radicchio gone wild, johnny jump ups preparing to set seed and purple larkspur leaning into the scene.

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The radicchio continued to grow and now is about five feet tall. It towers with the larkspur in a lyrical way until I find the time to plant the summer garden.

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The ‘Red Winter’ kale is about three feet tall. I snap off the flower stalks and harvest the smaller leaves which are still tender and flavorful.

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Carrots and beets thinning with the harvest. Soon I’ll pull the remainder.

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The mesclun lettuce departed weeks ago, the calendulas are shaggy and the larkspur fill the gaps. 

The neat and tidy garden of January and February departed long ago. The compost bins will be stuffed full soon.

Citrus and Avocado Training by UC Davis/California Center for Urban Horticulture

Vinegar--the new (old) weed killer