Sunday, April 26, 2009

the garden is growing!

My container garden is officially made up of more than one container.

First, a bit of catch up (it's been awhile since I've posted about my garden) - I planted the seedlings from the salad class last weekend - this means the wine barrel's yields will soon include butter lettuce, spinach, Jodie's lettuce (Jodie was the class instructor - the impending lettuce in my garden is from seeds from her lettuce crop last year, we're not sure what kind), nasturtium (creamsicle flowers with edible petals!), and cilantro.

Today, three new containers became part of my garden. In them, I planted early girl tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and basil. I also ripped out my oregano plant from last year (it was getting really woody) and planted some new starts from one of the sprigs. 

On impulse, I grabbed a pack of strawberry seeds when I was at the nursery. I had been wanting strawberry plants, but didn't find any. According to the package, I should have planted them earlier and keep them inside until they sprout, but I decided instead to sow the seeds directly into the wine barrel. We'll see what happens!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

i heart california

It's sunny. It's warm. The flowers are blooming. And I'm planting my next round of seedlings in the garden tomorrow! Ah, beautiful weekend.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

arugula harvest

It's been 2 weeks since I've written about the container garden (which equates to 2 weeks since I've spent much time with it) and WOW has it grown! The spinach went from puny to petite. The kale is growing tall. And as a result of all of the sunshine and heat lately, the arugula has bolted (and flowered, as shown above). Which means it's time to pull it up. Perfect timing, as that will allow me to spread out some of the smaller lettuces so they can grow to be big lettuces.


Today, I pulled up 3 bunches of arugula, one beautiful bunch of green lettuce (the first!) and 2 big leaves of kale. At dinnertime, I turned them into one very tasty salad (with bosc pear, chopped dried figs, and basalmic vinaigrette). I rolled up the kale leaves, sliced them thinly, and sprinkled them over our cauliflower curry.

Stay tuned for an update on the seeds planted a couple of weeks ago that are beginning to sprout!