The asparagus is starting to pop up! And not a minute too soon, as the winter broccoli is starting to flower and frankly, I was getting tired of eating it. This is nice timing with some King Oyster mushrooms just now fruiting. They are being grown from a kit by Field & Forest Products — an excellent source for mushroom-growing projects. It makes me happy that these mushroom kits are a food-growing option for gardeners who live in apartments! It looks like the King Oyster kits are currently out of stock, but their stock rotates in and out and they always have treasures available.
We’re getting some much needed rain here in Sonoma County today, and I hope it won’t be the last. The kitty has foregone her outdoor roaming and has opted instead to be curled up next to me on the desk. It’s one of those days.
Any rainy days here I like to utilize by spreading wildflower seeds in the fields, like California poppies and lupines. Also a good time to plant any remaining bare root plants you haven’t done yet, or hardy shrubs. And, if there are shrubs or plants I’ve been needing to move to a better location, wet weather keeps their roots moist while digging up and transplanting them. We’ve gotten most of those done already this winter, except we may try to move a couple of kiwi’s at some point. They need more space.
In our micro-climate, we often get at least one more frost, if not two, on the full moons of April and May, so I’m holding off putting out anything tender just yet. The tray inside the glass door and the sunbubble are starting to fill up with these tender treasures!
If you missed the last post on when to prune which plants in the garden, you can read it here.
Stay safe and happy early spring!