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What’s Growing on in the Garden in April?

It’s April and this week at Little Sprouts, we’ve been planting and harvesting. We are in zone 7, so now is the time to plant many of our summer crops. Check out your local extension website to see what you should be planting. For what to do in April in zone 7 in Oklahoma, click here.

On Monday, the Little Sprouts and I planted watermelon and some flowers. On Tuesday, we planted butternut squash and some more flowers. On Wednesday, we planted corn and on Thursday we planted cantaloupes. I’m pretty excited to harvest any of that, and quite frankly so are the Sprouts! This week we also harvested our last head of kale, some asparagus, and some herbs.

If you want to see how we started our garden, click here.

Here’s a little April tour around what’s happening in some of the beds:

Peas in the Children's Garden

This bed has a row of peas along the trellis in the back. You can also see a little marigold in the corner and some sage coming back from last year.

lettuce and onions in the children's garden in aprilThis is an onion bed with a few rows of lettuce coming up in between the onions.

jerusalem artichokes in the children's gardenThe green bucket is growing Jerusalem artichokes, which I’m super excited to try, the two beds next to it contain some flowers for pollinators and the one next to that has some volunteer cilantro coming up that reseeded itself from last year. There are also peas growing along the back of it that should trellis up the chain link fence, and it has two broccoli plants that didn’t fit in our broccoli beds. I don’t know whose fault it is that someone around here always buys more than what is agreed upon on our mapping plan. If you find out, let me know, cause they need a good talking to.

garlic in the children's garden

This bed is planted totally in garlic, some of it looks great and others look like they disappeared.

garlic and onions in the children's garden

This is an onion bed on one end and the other end is growing garlic. Garlic goes in the garden in the fall and grows there until around June. This garlic is looking great.

children's garden, asparagusThis bed is growing asparagus. It’s just started to emerge this week and we’ve got a full bunch to eat for lunch one day and about another full bunch to share and snack on. My grandma would call that a mess. The amount of food it takes to serve a meal to the family. This little cutie on the end is a mess too, a precious one.

children picking asparagus

Here is our “mess” of asparagus we ate for lunch. It was DE-LICIOUS!

carrots and flowers in the children's gardenThis is a potato bed and a pollinator attracting flower bed. The main flowers we plant in the garden for pollinators are zinnias, marigolds, sunflowers, and nasturtiums. Zinnias, marigolds and sunflowers stand up well to our hot, humid Oklahoma summers. Nasturtiums are edible and burn up by hot summer, but they bloom out early and are beautiful while they are producing. Marigolds and nasturtiums repel garden pests, and sunflowers feed the birds (and us).

cabbage and spinach in the children's gardenThis bed contains cabbage and spinach, some of our cool season crops.

broccoli in the children's garden in april

This bed has broccoli plants growing in it.

april potatoes in the children's garden

This is another potato bed. We have not been utterly successful with potatoes yet, but I just KNOW this is our year.

april herbs in the children's garden

The herb tower has thyme that grew all winter, and the oregano is re-sprouting from last year. We also replanted some marjoram in the top. We will get a few more herbs to add to it when the farmer’s market opens in another week. Boy I can’t wait for that!

What’s growing on in YOUR garden? Share in the comments below, I’d love to hear all about it.

 

Balsamic Chopped Salad

I’m on my own tonight and wanted something tasty to eat. I also wanted something that wasn’t too time consuming to make and that was fresh and healthy.  I LOVE chopped salad and I LOVE marinated salads. I looked around to see what I had to choose from and this is what I came up with. 

I’m eating it right now and it’s super delicious!  Something about the combination of avocados and bacon is magical.  I love balsamic on just about anything, and the little bit of microgreens I had left were just the touch needed to make it taste super fresh and delish!

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