Garden update for May! I don’t imagine anyone is really interested, but if nothing else, it’s nice to keep a record for myself. Somewhere around May 5, I moved my seedlings outside into a makeshift cold frame where I leaned a couple of old windows against a shed and taped clear trash bags to cover up the openings on the sides.
This whole “starting seeds” thing did not work out too well for me. I’m not sure what to blame because there are so many variables, but I did notice that the plants that did the best were the ones that didn’t use the biodegradable containers, maybe just because the spaces were too small for the roots to spread out, or because they were too quick to mold in the humidity. I weeded the garden again and planted everything in the ground on May 19, which basically took all day. I have a whole bunch of tomato plants of various types and sizes from different places, several sunflowers, a pepper plant, Romaine lettuce, soy beans, and an eggplant. I also planted some seeds directly in the garden: more sunflowers, green beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, cucumbers, morning glories, and onions. The beans are doing well. The cucumbers came up this week and something immediately ate them, so I bought some seedlings from the farmer’s market and will hope they survive better. (There are a lot of birds and squirrels around; I’m not sure which is the culprit.) There are strawberries growing in my little strawberry patch, and I threw a laundry net over the plants to try to keep them from getting eaten by critters this year—I kind of doubt that will be effective, but it’s worth a try.
In other garden news, I joined a cooperative urban farm on the east side and I’ve been going there to work for about a month. I’ve come back with fresh eggs, radishes, tiny garlic, cloves, thyme, parsley, and TONS of lettuce in varieties I’ve never seen at the grocery store. Also, they’re fixing up an old house with a caved-in ceiling. Also, they call themselves pirates. It’s pretty exciting. Can you tell? I’ll try to take pictures eventually.
P.S. What do you think of the new blog theme? I liked the old one but thought a change might be nice.