Just a quick garden update from Nonno Giovanni’s Italian garden! See the post where he planted these seeds last month. The plants were taken outside last week and special care is taken to make sure they are covered at night if it gets cold. You can see they are quite big now, almost ready for planting. Asparagus spears are showing their heads, over wintered rapa greens are sprouting leaves, and lettuce is well on its way. Onions, garlic, and parsley – oh my!
Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant don’t go in the ground until risk of frost is over but peas, carrots, beets, swiss chard, lettuce and other hardier plants can be seeded directly in the ground and should already be coming up. You can plant those seeds every couple of weeks in the early season to give you a steady supply.
If you didn’t venture to try growing your plants from seeds this year you can find all kinds of vegetable plants now at your local garden center. Plant them early in the morning or late afternoon/early evening so they have a chance to adapt to their new home before the scorching sun hits them. If they seem fainted at first that’s ok, a good watering will help them take root fast and they will flourish!
If you have any questions let us know, we will get our panel of nonnos and nonnas on the case!