It's been a chilly, rainy week here in Central California. I've enjoyed the rain, probably the last big one till October or November. We had beautiful, warm and sunny weather for a few weeks before this storm and I got a lot of work done in my back garden, weeding and planting plugs of ground cover. so, it's been nice to do indoor work this week. I've been inspired by sparkfriends who are going thru their stuff and lightening their loads. I've cleaned 2 closets and a desk, and I can already feel some welcome space around me.
But I'm itching to get back to my veggie garden. I've been eating salad from the garden since January, I'm on my 2nd seeding of lettuce and radishes and the 2nd planting of onion sets since October. The sweet peas I planted in the fall, I'm harvesting every couple of days and eating them raw, either slicing thin and adding to salads or unzipping the pods and popping tiny fresh raw peas into risottos, or green salads. I like radishes, a little goes a long a long way for me, I like to harvest them with they are small and slice paper thin and toss into whatever raw veggies we are eating. I have cabbage ready to harvest, only 6 heads so I'll eat a couple and maybe try making some sauerkraut or kim chi, my DH loves those. I'm between crops on rainbow carrots, I know now that I want to sow those on a regular basis, maybe every 2 to 3 weeks to keep them coming. My parsley is going to seed and my cilantro is coming on, my lemon thyme that died back last winter is flourishing.
All that action in 4 raised beds.
Next week I am going to a couple of plant sales put on by local garden clubs. They grow heirloom vegetable starts and thousands of folks come to get their tomatoes and peppers. I'm dreaming about how those beds will look in 3-4 months.
My limoncella that I made at the end of January is ready for sipping. All we need now are some sunny days.
Out my front door on a rainy day.
Salad Box, mixed lettuces, rainbow chard, radishes, parsley, thyme.
The onions and sweet peas bed will become the home of the bean tepees and pepper plants. I'm thinking nasturtiums over the sides of the boxes for a little color.
The cabbage and onion bed will be tomatoes and basil and sage.
This is going to be the home of a japanese eggplant, lemon cukes, 1 zuchinni and 1 summer squash. I'm going to plant a pumpkin in the front yard just for grins, the really big variety.
I am so enjoying having a front garden, neighbors passing stop to chat and I love having something productive as well as beautiful in front of my house. This is my first raised bed vegetable gardening experience and I am sold on it. Once the boxes are built and filled the hard work of gardening is done. The rest is planting, a little weeding, that you can sit and do and harvest, lots of harvest. I'm guessing but from a $2 packet of mixed lettuce seed, I've probably gotten $100 worth of salad lettuce. I harvest leaves and leave the plants, then re-sow when the plants get thin, and pull the old to make way for the new. It's an amazingly simple way to eat great food, as fresh as it gets and at a very little trouble or expense.
I'm planting a sunflower border on front street side, 4 different heights and colors, from orange to green. I can't wait to see that. I'm also sowing seeds now for basil and some zinnias that are striped red-orange and yellow for pots for my front patio.
That's my news. If you need me, I'm in the garden.