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Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday April 30

It's the last day of April and some goodies are appearing.  Some of the asparagus plants have been sending up spears, and I'm more than happy to take them.  Fresh asparagus and home grown lettuce make for a nice salad.

I've been pilfering spinach leaves every few days, but later in the week picked a small head of spinach.  It went into an omelette of spinach, baby bella mushrooms and fontina cheese.  Not bad.

Now for the bad news.  The cutworms got into the brassica bed and did some major damage, about half the plants destroyed, all but one broccoli, all of the cauliflower and many of the kohlrabi.  They even hit the onions, but the onions look like they will recover.  Usually I spray Bt around the young plants as a preventive, but forgot to get some when I was at May's greenhouse two weeks ago.  I picked some up yesterday, and today planted a new set of brassicas to replace the ones that were destroyed by the cursed cutworms, then sprayed the stems and the soil around the plants liberally with Bt.

Things are starting to move along now, and according to the 10 day forecast it looks like there is little chance of another frost until fall.  I moved the tomato plants out to the coldframe to join the peppers.  Actually I'm mostly caught up until the warm weather crops go in, which leaves time to work on the many other projects that are ongoing. To see what other people are growing, head on over to Our Happy Acres and check it out. 

3 comments:

Phuong said...

Oh no, that's terrible about the cutworms getting your brassicas, thank goodness you had extra plants. A salad with fresh asparagus and young lettuce sounds amazing, and your spinach is looking good as well. Spring spinach always seem to come and go in a flash, ours is already gone from the garden though we still have a good amount in the fridge.

Dave @ OurHappyAcres said...

That is too bad about the cutworms. Thankfully they rarely show up here. The spinach looks great too, nice and big. I am missing it here since I didn't plant any.

Kathy said...

What a shame about you brassicas.We grow under a fine net to keep as many beasties out as possible but not sure if it would have helped you at all with those cutworms

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