Sunday, March 21, 2010

forgot my shoes!

Hand watering peas, tomatoes and basil in the late-morning breeze.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Mid-March (gulp!) Seedling Update

The heirloom cantaloupe is a little sluggish comparatively, but all three of these spring seedlings seemed to explode over night! Will transplant within the next week.

In the other flat: zillions of little broccoli and turnip seedlings - way, way, way too late! I'm wondering if we'll get any harvest before it gets too hot? (It was t-shirt and shorts weather today!) Playin' these guys by ear.

Monday, March 8, 2010

already spring

A few backyard blooms...

Sunday, March 7, 2010

cool day

A Sunday good morning from the garden-nook while Mille looks on...

Friday, March 5, 2010

what will happen will happen!

This sweet pup kept me company re-seeding this afternoon. New turnips, new broccoli, new eggplant. Can't believe I'm trying the brassicas again - so late, so behind - but what the heck!?

P.S. I gasped when I checked-up on my basil this afternoon. A PARASITE! I thought when I glanced at this leaf.

Nope. Just bird poop. (Oh brother.)

spoke too soon

Last night, just as I finished getting ready for bed I went outside to bring in my flats. Ten seconds later, one flat - the one with my three seedlings! - fell to the cement. In my late-night desperation I swept the root-speckled mulch into a pile and tried to re-seed with some fake-mulch-dirt that we bought from the store, but it wouldn't soak up the water (it was shitty soil). With a bit of a heavy heart (sniff, sniff) I decided to wait until today. Will reseed again, putting myself an additional 4 days behind schedule... I wonder if we'll harvest any of these wintery-goods?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Winter Citrus Salad

Inspired by MegHAN! One orange, one grapefruit, leeks (shallots would have been leagues better), salt, pepper, good balsamic vinegar, fruity olive oil. Astonishingly addictive.

We have a dwindling stock of grapefruits beyond the patio, but conversely, our lemon tree is sagging under the weight of heavy, fruit-toting branches. To celebrate, my ma made a double batch of lemon curd (to last a lifetime!) that I've been dolloping into plain, whole-milk yogurt each morning. (With homemade granola + orange-scented dried cranberries.) I absolutely DREAM of breakfast, dessert, snacks and yesterday, because I couldn't help myself, dinner! :-D

P.S. THREE seedlings today!
(1) eggplant (2) broccoli (3) turnip

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Smile-worthy announcement: I redid my WAY-LATE turnip and broccoli seeding to make room for three types of heirloom peppers in a spare flat. I re-seeded on Monday and today, Wednesday, I just saw my first turnip seedling, poking it's little cotyledons out of the mulch. HOORAY!!!

P.S. Those wonky green, spindly-looking guys in the back rows should have been transplanted ages ago. I think my ma may have planted some peas or beans? Whatever the case, this photo was taken Monday, right after their first drink of water, so my solo turnip seedling isn't photographed above.

Monday, March 1, 2010


We nudged Ellie & Doober out of their hibernation in the ol' dog crate and let them scope out their new, shmancy-pants home!

P.S. Guess who we found in the back of their crate? A non-hibernating, sneaky roommate!