We are headed into another week of 90 degree weather and it's only early May. Thankfully we had a really pleasant April with nice mild temperatures and I was able to get out in the garden and work the soil. My cool season veggies are in and I have already started harvesting the earliest of them to produce, these radishes.
I am not a fan of radishes but my husband is and they are such an instant (well, almost instant) gratification vegetable that I love putting their seeds in the ground early.
These are a french variety and have a rather long tubular shape to them. My husband says they are the best tasting I have ever grown.
Since they are a cool season vegetable and I live in Zone 9 climate, I constructed a shade covering to protect them from the intense afternoon sun and it seems to be doing the trick so far. I will plant a new crop every couple of weeks through May and hopefully will continue to harvest them through June, depending on the weather.
I have two small raised beds tucked into a corner of the yard. One for vegetables (I also put in a couple of tomato plants, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, strawberries and cilantro) and one for cutting flowers.
I have already picked a few strawberries and have lots of small tomatoes that should be ready to harvest soon, as well. I find my time in the garden so relaxing both mentally and physically and picking fresh food for the table from a small plot of ground is such a happy bonus.
What about you, have you had a chance to get your hands dirty in the garden this spring?