First harvest of 2014 – radishes!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2014 Fruit and Veggie Update

Woohoo! They’re called French Breakfast radishes (Raphanus sativus) – they’re supposed to be long like that, almost carrot shaped. They were delish.

I ate them all in one day!

There are plenty more where those came from. I’ve been planting them progressively, so I’ll be able to harvest them in successive weeks.

Progressive planting is a way to avoid one giant harvest and instead have smaller harvests over a several week period. A multiple-fruit harvest doesn’t mean much when you’re talking about small veggies like radishes. But it can matter with bigger plants. For example, let’s say you planted five watermelon plants in the early summer. Then let’s say they grew beyond your wildest expectations and produced 10 fruit on each plant. That would mean that you had 50 watermelons all ripe at the same time.

Now maybe you’re a go-getter and have lots of watermelon jam recipes or have lots of friends and family you can give the fruit to. If so, that’s great. But I think a lot of people would be overwhelmed with 50 ripe watermelons. I could probably eat 50 radishes but not 50 melons.

The way to bypass that problem is to plant one watermelon plant one week, then another a week later, the third a week after that, and so on. Or every two weeks, whatever. The point is that if you space out the planting, you space out the harvest. Which is handy little gardening trick.

In other gardening news, my lemons on the tree in my foyer are still green:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2014 Fruit and Veggie Update

They’re unchanged, which is fine by me. As long as they’re not declining, I can be very patient waiting for them to ripen.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program…