Spring Vegetables

Typically Uruguay has three distinct seasons – four if you want to count the very brief period of almost-winter where frost is possible. At least that’s how Megan feels as someone who grew up with snow (i.,e. Real Winter). This past year we’ve kind of lumped eight whole months into Drought and skipped the typical seasons. But with the resumption of irregular precipitation (the weatherman LIED, it was NOT a wet spring) we tentatively planned on a spring. Which has sped by ridiculously quick. So quick in fact we never really got a chance to talk about it. And so, before we mention the lovely summer vegetables that are being seeded, here’s a look at what we planted in spring. (Or, more correctly, planted in late spring because the once warm winter weather went cold and didn’t warm up enough to plant. Why no, Megan wasn’t bitter at all.)

The switch from Spring to Summer was abrupt – one day it was too cold to put out the tomatoes and the next the greenhouses had an internal temperature of 42C (107F) and the spring vegetables are ready to be harvest all at once – even when you are not ready for them to be harvested.  The lettuce has been delicious, we have had a few varieties to enjoy, and about the time I thought we were going to have Romaine lettuce for a Caesar Salad, it bolted!  It was quickly joined by the Roxy lettuce, and the butter lettuce. All three were in the greenhouses, of course, Oh well, the chickens have really enjoyed them.  The lettuce outside is holding on a bit longer but will shortly be ready to be cleared and summer vegetables planted. The beet harvest is starting (Jon is very happy about this), the mustard is starting to go to seed (Megan is hoping for home-made mustard), the Kale has gone to the chickens and who knows what the Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cabbages are up to – they’ve neither bolted nor headed up.

Here are a few garden pictures:

garden plot 1

garden plot

What we’ve been harvesting isn’t quite the same as the garden beds – the greenhouses – which are now over-hot – provided summer vegetables in spring.

velour beans

velour beans that turn green when you cook them, sweet and tender (with the high temps are now just pretty leafy plants – did you know that green beans don’t flower or set pods above 32C (90F)?)

bell peppers

Burran Sweet peppers – but the peppers are happy with the heat and are setting lots of flowers and fruit. With regular water they are very content with the saunas that are the greenhouses.

zucchini and red peppers

Zucchini and more peppers. Did you know that a normal, small, bushy zucchini plant goes a bit wild in a greenhouse? The greenhouse plants are nearly three times taller than their normal outside counterparts. Megan didn’t quite plan for that and is cursing them at the moment. But the zucchini sure is tasty.

cucumbers for pickeling

Cucumbers, planted in spring, but really, until the greenhouse heats up, they don’t even consider flowering, let along fruiting. They’ve decided it’s hot enough now and have started to yield lots of tasty fruit for pickling. Megan doesn’t even have seed for slicing cucumbers so all of our cucumbers are pickles.

Megan is busy planting, weeding, and harvesting.  We all are enjoying the veggies of her hard work. The irrigation system for the greenhouses has been a lifesaver. The main garden irrigation is nearly complete – otherwise there will be no summer vegetables.

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