Broccoli Raab, Spinach, Celery, and Harvested Jerusalem Artichokes

Bed 8: Freshly Planted 24 November 2013

Since we can grow crops year ’round in Sonoma County, I spent most of today on just half a growing bed, taking out old plants, harvesting beautiful radicchio (which is sweet, not bitter like the store-bought kind), and Jerusalem artichoke (cutting the dead tops back to stubs just an inch above ground). ¬†I then dutifully single-dug the newly exposed ground and amended 25 sq. ft. with 1/2 cu. ft. of Fox Farm Planting mix, before transplanting two varieties of spinach and some broccoli raab, purchased in six-packs at our local Ace Hardware in Santa Rosa (at the corner of Guerneville Rd. and Fulton Rd.) where they sell locally grown veggie starts. ¬†Believe it or not, this took me over 3 hours!!! Tomorrow, I’ll have to place bird-netting over these young starts, otherwise they will be decimated by the local bird population, much like the lettuces I planted a few weeks ago in the adjoining bed, that is now protected by bird netting.

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