As you can see, the romaine lettuces are heading up nicely.. I tend to plant them very densely and pick them as baby leaves, but I thought it would be fun this year to grow some complete heads.. To the left of the romaine is a bed of Red Salad Bowl lettuce - gorgeous leaves and extremely tasty..
I've also sprinkled some diatomaceous earth (DE) around the pole bean seedlings.. darn slugs! Last year, I waited too long and my first crop of pole beans was destroyed by the slimy mollusks. So, this spring, when a few holes started to appear in the leaves, I immediately applied the DE to protect the beans. Although it feels and looks like talcum powder, to a slug, it's like crawling over glass shards. Keep in mind that you don't want to be breathing it in - not so good for the lungs!
My interplanting of leaf lettuces between the cabbage and broccoli is also coming well. The salad greens should be ready to eat in about 2 weeks.. not that we need too many more greens - we have so much! But, I don't like to see wasted space (between the brassicas) and any extra that we have can easily be shared with the local food bank. They even welcome zucchini!
Another yummy green is mizuna! This year, we have purple mizuna growing for the first time. We usually plant the green type, but Halifax Seed is now offering purple mizuna - plus it's just so pretty! When my hubby first tasted mizuna a few years ago, his eyes glazed over and he could only mumble 'sushi'.. which, means that he thinks it pairs very well with sushi.. and it does, but it also adds zip to tossed salads and may be used as bed for fish or chicken.. Plus, it's very quick growing and cool weather tolerant. Last fall, we were still eating unprotected mizuna into December - a great crop for northern gardeners!
Ahh.. it feels like summer, but it's still spring.. let's hope for a great gardening season!