Can I Get A ‘Do-Over’?

Monday, April 16th, 2012

I had to take a hiatus from blogging – started a new job with a steep learning curve – but you didn’t miss much in my garden last season. Spring was cold and rainy so the mosquitoes were horrendous and the aphids prolific. I put in the garden about 6 weeks too late so the tomatoes didn’t ripen well before the first frost. The slugs chewed up every broad-leafed vegetable I planted because I just didn’t have time to constantly troll for them. And it wasn’t just the insects and diseases my plants had to contend with – they also had to compete with each other for space and nutrients. And when it’s a battle between the zucchini and the carrots, guess who’s going to win?! I have to say, though, it’s impressive what my poor little neglected garden was able to produce despite my absence and the horrible weather.

2011 Season...Yes, I know it looks lush but where's all the fruit?

2011 Season...Yes, I know it looks lush but where's all the fruit?

So, despite my threats to turn to plastic plant gardening, last year’s little successes have encouraged me to get back in the garden again (and, hopefully, back to blogging) because, as we all know, gardeners are an optimistic lot – and there are so many things I still haven’t tried growing yet like strawberries from seed…and Brazilian verbena…and tuberose…and black radishes…and purple carrots…and there are some interesting new/old lettuce varieties…

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Snapshot: July18, 2010

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

July 18 2010

 

1. Spinach was bolting – I cut it back and used it in an Indian lentil dish.

2. First sowing of cilantro bolted and I pulled it out.

3. California poppy is blooming.

4. Arugula is flowering – I must pull it out soon.

5. I pulled out the bolting red mustard and sowed basil around the bed edge instead.

6. The borage is blooming, encouraging lots of bees!

Borage blooms a luminous blue.

Borage blooms a luminous blue.

Snapshot: June 27, 2010

Sunday, June 27th, 2010
The big change is the bamboo supports for the tomatoes, tomatillos, and lemon cucumber.

The big change is the bamboo supports for the tomatoes, tomatillos, and lemon cucumber.