Saturday, July 30, 2011

Worked alone today.

I worked alone today and I must say, as much as I love gardening with the other artists, I don't mind a day or two by myself in the garden. It's so peaceful and meditative.

I planted cilantro, Italian parsley and thyme in the herb garden. Then I tied up more of the tomato plants and thinned out the arugula. I also had an amazingly delicious arugula salad for lunch. Want to know the recipe:

Arugula (torn into bite size pieces), dried cranberries, pine nuts, shaved parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. That's it. You could also substitute strawberries for cranberries.


Foliar fed all the vegetables this evening. The garden is finally getting back to some sort of controllable shape. It looked like a jungle out there.

Must remember to foliar feed in 2 weeks. Lots of green tomatoes. Can't wait for them to turn red!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Out of town for 2 weeks

When I came back, everything was so big and wild looking. Many of the vegetables had bolted. No, that doesn't mean they ran away. It means they started to flower and then to make seed. It also means the vegetables better be harvested soon or they won't be any good. What bolted? Mustard greens, arugula, Daikon radishes, red radishes, spinach and bok choy.

Worked the last 2 days in trying to get the garden back in shape. Pruning the tomatoes and tying them up to the supports, feeding them Tomatoes Alive. I also pulled out the bolted spinach, and cut off the flowers on the mustard greens and arugula.

Juna came today and helped me plant more radishes, spinach, lettuce, bok choy, carrots. We took compost from the compost pile, after sifting it to remove large uncomposted pieces, and added this compost to the newly seeded areas. Then we watered well.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wednesday gardening was very meditative. I worked alone, pulling out the center stakes on the tomatoes, now that they are surrounded by a triangle shaped support made of redwood. I also enlarged the wells around the tomatoes and filled them twice with water. It's been hot the past few days (85, 88, 87) and the tomatoes just drink up the water.

I also watered everything else in the garden, weeded, etc. Tuesday, I foliar fed all the vegetables and herbs with Spray N Gro and Bill's Fertlizer. More later.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

A hot Saturday in July! But a great harvest!

It was a hot one, but we got a lot done. First off Ken, a new gardener, put up all the stakes and supports for the tomato plants. They are not quite big enough to need them yet, but they soon will be. Michiko and Alitash helped water, seed, weed and harvest. Lots of greens today: kale, bok choy, spinach, red radishes, white Daikon radishes, arugula, mint, oregano. Can't wait for the peppers and tomatoes.