Weekend Gardening: Spring Chard, Brussels Sprouts, and Artichokes

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Andrea Meyers - Chard in our garden.

The weather has been strange this year. Winter didn’t feel like winter at all and the official start of spring passed by without much notice because I was already wearing sandals before the big day. However, having an early spring means that our garden popped a little early this year. The chard (above) is going crazy even after I whacked it back so we could add another layer of soil to the bed. The green onions are in the same bed, along with a few weeds that require daily attention and some surprise potato volunteers.

Andrea Meyers - Brussel sprouts in our garden.

The Brussels sprouts (above) are a new experiment. I happen to like Brussels sprouts if they are cooked properly, not drowned until all the flavor is gone and the texture reduced to mush. They are delicious when roasted, and I managed to convince Michael to let me try them this year. So far the plants have almost tripled in size since I put them in the ground two weeks ago, a good sign.

Andrea Meyers - Artichokes in our garden.

Our artichoke plants wintered well and we have three chokes so far, one large and two small. Those babies are going on the grill very soon.

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  1. says

    I planted brussels sprouts from seeds a few weeks ago! I can’t wait to eat them in a few months! They’re not as big as yours, but they do look super healthy. Yummmm…

  2. Delora says

    Good luck with your brussles sprouts! I grew them for a few years, but couldn’t keep the harlequin bugs off the plants and ended up with no edible sprouts at all last year :(

  3. says

    The garden looks great! Mine has come in, early, also and I’m thinking planting is much earlier here in NC than I’ve been used to. Love the result and the fewer bugs. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that your Brussel Sprouts prosper for you, too. Thanks for sharing. (P.S. Chard is my all time favorite vegetable. I had one plant that became so prolific, it took over one end of my entire garden and I had to cut it way back! Love it, love it, love it!

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