Winners and Losers

My kale is performing like a superstar. This is the second huge colander full that I've got since planting it in early spring.


My cabbage, however, is not as fortunate.


Bug-eaten and going to seed. I gave up on it and composted it after taking this photo. I like to think it at least served some purpose as a bug decoy -- keeping the slugs and bugs off the kale. Like Billy Bob Thornton says in Bad Santa "They can't all be winners, can they".

Back from hibernation (with strawberries)

I actually came out of hibernation a while ago, and planted strawberries and other spring crops (mostly leafy greens) back in the middle of March. Today is the first day I've gotten more than one strawberry:




Unfortunately, somebody else got to the strawberries before I did despite my efforts with bird netting:


Who do you think it could be? Would a rabbit crawl under my netting? Or could a bird peck through it?

Here's the whole garden bed including the newly planted row of peppers and two eggplant plants. The rest of the space is for corn and melons which are hard at work germinating.


The other garden beds have got the leafy greens, some seeds just getting started, and herbs.

This one has got kale, spinach, chard, and Romaine lettuce. The cabbage is a little bug eaten and is starting to go to seed, so I'm thinking I'll start some beans in that spot after ripping that up and eating what I can. The spinach is also about ready to rip up. Kale and chard are still going. In the last row, I've got seeds starting for cucumbers, okra, and heirloom vine tomatoes.


This bed has arugula, mesclun mix, beets, radishes (the fastest growing), carrots, scallions, leeks, and okra (under the plastic salad box to help it germinate).


And this one has my herbs. The oregano is going crazy, and the thyme has just started to flower. The dill is just getting started, and the basil hasn't germinated yet. The rosemary (back, left corner) was just planted from a cutting I got from a friend. I'm saving the middle box for lemongrass!



Another bed, not pictured, has some leftover scallions and leeks that survived the winter, plus Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and zucchini getting started. The last bed is a flower bed, and I'm still working on getting that one ready. I got burnt out last year with building the bed. I'm hoping to start my flower seeds this weekend.

Anyone have ides for how to use tons of oregano?