Wordless Wednesday: Spring Cometh

It’s transition time as spring nudges gardeners into action. Winter crops are finishing up, making room for warm and hot-weather crops here in Los Angeles. While other parts of the country are still knee-deep in snow, we’re well into the season by now. There’s no rest for the year-round gardener.

Shelling peas thrive in a new patch of soil. We're slowly taking over the yard. >

Shelling peas thrive in a new patch of soil. We’re slowly taking over the yard. **evil laugh**

Volunteer peas climb a trellis in the middle of the yard. Any idea which variety these are? Post your guesses below.

Volunteer peas climb a trellis in the middle of the yard. Any idea which variety these are? Post your guesses below.

At last! A Winnetka Purple artichoke emerges from the plant. We started this from seeds from the Seed Library of Los Angeles. It worked!

At last! A Winnetka Purple artichoke emerges from the plant. We started this from seeds from the Seed Library of Los Angeles. It worked!

Blackberries are budding as the canes continue to leaf out. Blackberries grow on 2nd-year canes. Cut back brown canes, leave the green ones for next year's fruit.

Blackberries are budding as the canes continue to leaf out. Blackberries grow on 2nd-year canes. Cut back brown canes, leave the green ones for next year’s fruit.

A spring crop of lettuces replace kale that grew in this bed.

A spring crop of lettuces replace kale that grew in this bed. Transplant now for salads through May.

Tronchuda Beira kale bolts to seed, engulfed in aphids. Next up, cucumbers and melons in this space.

Tronchuda Beira kale bolts to seed, engulfed in aphids. Next up, cucumbers and melons in this space.

Late winter-planted potatoes jumped with recent rains. Adirondack Red potatoes will go with the All Blue and Yukon Gold we already harvested.

Late winter-planted potatoes jumped with recent rains. Adirondack Red potatoes will go with the All Blue and Yukon Gold we already harvested.

Turkish Red wheat has come back to life now that it's spring. Planted in November, this crop will grow until May. Then we'll plant watermelons here.

Turkish Red wheat has come back to life now that it’s spring. Planted in November, this crop will grow until May. Then we’ll plant watermelons here.

Perennial alfalfa springs to life again after a winter of dormancy. We use this as a high-nitrogen ingredient in compost piles.

Perennial alfalfa springs to life again after a winter of dormancy. We use this as a high-nitrogen ingredient in compost piles.

What’s growing in your garden (or indoors at this point)? Share your list below.

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3 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Spring Cometh

  1. Tammy says:

    My guess on the volunteer peas: sweet peas!! Even if I’m wrong, volunteers are usually sweet. 🙂

  2. Abby says:

    I have peas and lettuce starting to come up in the garden, and spinach I planted in the fall is really enjoying this warmer weather. We’re enjoying picking it until it bolts, too.

    I got a little bit eager and started my tomato and pepper seeds a couple of weeks ago. Almost all of my tomatoes have come up, but none of the peppers yet! I live in Tennessee, zone 7, and we’re having a very warm winter, but still have the threat of freezing temperatures.

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