On April 11th, we planted mesclun mix and pea pods from seed. On April 29th I shared photos of our first sprouts pushing up from the soil. Yesterday, we harvested our first mesclun mix and enjoyed a lovely salad with dinner. My son, who isn't a big salad eater most of the year, devoured his. Smart boy... eating in season is the healthiest, most earth friendly way to go!
Here it is before we harvested:
We also have our first flowers on the pea pod plants, so pea pods will be here soon!
Here's a lovely head of romaine developing. I bought a "6 pack" of romaine from our local garden center and planted them about 2 1/2 weeks ago. This one will be ready in about a week.
While I was photographing the pea pod flowers, these mating dragonflies happened by. They stayed locked together like this until we went in for dinner at least 30 minutes later.
Here's a photo of our whole garden. The raised beds measure approximately 200 square feet.
You can see, I haven't mulched with the straw, yet. Maybe tomorrow! In addition to the mesclun mix and pea pods, we also planted bush beans and pole beans from seed. Then we purchased 4-packs and 6-packs of small plants for the rest. We have 6 kale, many varieties of lettuce (roughly 24 plants), many red onions, 4 tomatoes, 6 cabbages, 6 broccoli, 4 red bell peppers, 4 green bell peppers, one zucchini, 6 parsley, 4 celery, 4 eggplant, and 9 basil inside the fence. There will be 4 jalapeno peppers, 3 basil, and 4 butternut squash outside the fence. This is risky because we have hungry bunnies and woodchucks in the area, but the garden is at maximum capacity. I've found the basil usually isn't disturbed and I expect the same will be true of the hot peppers. The squash is another story. It may become lunch for the wildlife, but I have to give it a try.
The volume of plants may seem too much to you for this relatively small space, but we've planted roughly this much each year. (The only exception is the zucchini- by the end of the summer it will take over an entire corner of the garden and overflow the walkway. I train it to grow away from the other plants and just accept that my walkway will be cut off eventually). The key to such productivity is the raised beds and excellent soil quality, thanks to awesome compost from my parents' sheep maure and our own compost bin. For more information, please read The Vegetable Gardener's Bible by Edward C. Smith. Everything you need to know is in there. Trust me!
How are your vegetables coming? Did you plant in pots, in the school yard, on a rooftop, or in a backyard garden? Please share your successes and failures.
What I’ll be reading on the plane ride home. #NCTE18 @venkatraman.padma @nancyrosep
#HoustonStreetArt #StreetArt #NCTE18
Finished up my first #NCTE signing @charlesbridgepublishing booth a little while ago. Met some lovely educators. Even though I’m not in the classroom any more, and I now have my “writer’s tribe,” I will always think of teachers as my tribe. Teaching is in my blood. #NCTE18
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wows the crowd at #NCTE18 “What we think of as classic books is too limited. Dangerously limited.” #truth
I’m looking forward to serving on a panel with these fabulous ladies at #NCTE18 on Friday. Will I see you there?
#STEM #STEAM #nonfiction
Please do your civic duty and vote, too. Don’t let early projections make you think it doesn’t matter. Don’t let rain or storms keep you home. Please get to the polls. #gotv
When too many holds arrive at the library at the same time... must read faster. #tbr
Seen on my walk this afternoon. Autumn is here, even though it’s currently 69 degrees F.
Future Alvin Pilot.
Last night @lindsaymoorestudio tweeted this photo of her kiddo heading out for Halloween. She said “Flying Deep is a very big deal in our house.” I’m not gonna lie, that made me tear up.
That is the highest compliment I could ask for: a kid is so excited about my book that he was inspired to make a Halloween costume.
@woodshole_ocean... I think this kid will be heading your way in the not too distant future. #STEM #STEAM #thepowerofbooks
.@christinetaylorbutler did a load of research and number crunching. Her results proved what we already felt. Please listen to the podcast.