Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Garden Journal

Seeds and sprouts, harvests and feasts~
A record of what's growing on in our Bird House Garden.

Monday, February 3, 2014
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Partly cloudy, 60/69F. Rain forecast for Wednesday.
Sowed:
Bed 1: spinach, carrot seeds
Bed 3: Butter lettuce, radish, pole bean seeds
Bed 4: Garlic cloves, flower and cilantro (coriander) seeds

Growing:
Bed 1: Basil, strawberries, carrots, spinach
Bed 2: Strawberries, carrots
Bed 3: One pole bean sprout!
Bed 4: Newly sowed

Harvested: Watermelon, pineapple guavas, cherry guavas, tomatoes

We enjoyed a delicious watermelon from our garden, and noticed that our carrots and some spinach are sprouting. Maria and I agreed to plant a few seeds at a time, then plant more carrots and spinach so we can enjoy a staggered harvest.

She and I sat together collecting the pole beans we planted last June. They look like candy breath mints! I saved the best ones and let her play with the "duds."

She likes to gather garden findings and make tiny houses, with tiny residents. The "dud" beans made good kitchen props, and she called them potatoes. That day was September 21.

One of her potatoes sprouted! She'll be so delighted. I put a trellis in the bed, and went ahead and planted some more beans. Wrong season, but then again our seasons in Southern California are weird. So, we'll see what becomes of this little experiment. I figure I may be tempting loads of cold days and rain, in which case we'll be happy to enjoy a good winter!

Now, if I had started a garden journal when we planted our watermelon, I would have had a better idea of when to harvest our watermelon. This one was wonderful, but the one we picked at the end of August was awful! It looked ready, but the poor thing was white and utterly tasteless. Three more watermelons are waiting to be harvested. We may need friends to come help us feast on those.

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