Growing Vegetables- Spring 2014- Part 5

English: Different potato varieties. – The pot...

English: Different potato varieties. – The potato is the vegetable of choice in the United States. On average, Americans devour about 65 kg of them per year. New potato releases by ARS scientists give us even more choices of potatoes to eat. Deutsch: Verschiedene Kartoffelsorten (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are on Long Island in New York you know that spring is now in full bloom and summer is just a few weeks away.  The weather by and large has been pleasant and pretty good for growing vegetables.  Not too much rain,  not too much heat…just a comfortable mix of the two and the early vegetables have been productive and tasty!

asparagus

We got our first batched of asparagus and they were delicious.  There were a few “stringy” stalks but by and large it’s been great for the first harvests.  We were told by a friend and awesome gardener Mike to allow some of the stalks to go to seed to strengthen the plants for future years.

broccolirabe2014

We even had some mild success with broccoli rabe this year.  We’ve never had a huge harvest but we did get a couple of dinners out of it this time around.

rubylettuce2014

The lettuce is ALWAYS GREAT on Long Island.  So far we’ve had green and red romaine and ruby red.  It’s readily available as plants or seends from many sources and it’s super easy to grow.

Joe-escarole-2014

Here I am with armfuls of escarole,  a vegetable that my grandmother always made around holiday time.  Delicious and healthy, great for the digestive system (at least according to the old italians) We cook it up into a soup and freeze it fro a warm tasty delight during the cold winter months.

Now that the early sping is passing us by,  there are other vegetables beginning to make appearances.  Our snow peas are about 12-14 inches high and with a little more rain and a little more warmth we should be seeing peas shortly.  The plants usually make massive amounts of edible pods…some years 50 pounds or more!

snowpeas

This year we put in red skin potatoes.  Only need a few.  We don’t eat a large amount of potatoes but if we get 40-50 that will last all year.  Potatoes arean interesting situation.  As the plants grow you have to continue to bury them in peat moss and straw.  This prompts the plants to make the potatoes in the losse covering above the ground,  and makes it a whole lot easier to pick them come end of season.

 

 

English: Different potato varieties. – The pot...

English: Different potato varieties. – The potato is the vegetable of choice in the United States. On average, Americans devour about 65 kg of them per year. New potato releases by ARS scientists give us even more choices of potatoes to eat. Deutsch: Verschiedene Kartoffelsorten (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

bury the red potatoes

 

 

Beets and herbs are always easy.  The Long Island environment is perfect.

beet:herbs-2014

Most of the herbs are perennial so that’s a bonus.  We have Russian sage, Greek oregano, rosemary and onion grass in the plot.  Later in the year we’ll add basil, parsley and cilantro.  Of course the garlic we planted last September os now 18 inches high and getting ready to be picked the first week of July.

garlic

Ok gardeners…get out there and pull those weeds!  Part 6 in a couple of weeks once the tomatoes are larger and the peppers are in.

 

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3 Responses to Growing Vegetables- Spring 2014- Part 5

  1. Joanne F says:

    Great work, Farmer Joe! My great-grandfather LaRussa was a farmer from Sicily and then established a farm in — of all places — Staten Island. (!!!) I think he’d be duly impressed. :)

    I have to laugh at one of your comments, too, because my Sicilian grandmother (Carmela LaRussa Spadafora) always used to try to get me to eat zuppa di scarola when I was a kid. I used to cry and say I didn’t like it, and she’d respond, in her thick Sicilian accent: “Eat the scarola! Scarola is good for you! Scarola is a belly wash, you need the belly wash!” LOL And now, I make a pretty darn good escarole soup that would make her proud. Funny how life comes full circle! :)

    Anyway, enjoy the bounty, you’ve done an awesome job.

    • Joanne F says:

      PS You did a great job with the photos, although the broccoli rabe photo didn’t come over on my version.

  2. joeref says:

    Ehhh! Eata yo shcarrrole!

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