We now have fresh tender-crisp lettuce for salads and sandwiches, thanks to the covers used to protect the plants from wind and cold. Cabbage grown under cover is coming along well but will not be ready for harvest for several weeks. The strawberries planted last October are beginning to ripen: one of my favorite spring treats. I recently applied compost and mulch to the asparagus bed I planted last spring. It is doing quite well, however, I will only harvest a small amount this year and leave the rest to strengthen the plants for future harvest.
Last week I planted the First Prize tomato plants that were growing in 5 gallon pots. They already have some nice blooms and small tomatoes on them. Breeder's Choice corn transplants were also planted in a portion of the area where rye had grown over the winter. The potatoes that were planted and covered with leaves are beginning to grow nicely. Tenderette green bean seed also found a home in a garden row this week after being soaked in water overnight. I have tilled most of the garden beds and trimmed the garden paths with a string trimmer. Pumpkin, cucumber, watermelon, and canteloupe plants are ready to be planted in the garden with pepper, eggplant, squash and more corn plants not far behind.