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.
Today is a pretty spectacular fall day. #NoFilter
Want to learn to play guitar, ukulele or bass? With the changes in season come changes in schedule. My son @dantecusolito has new openings available for lessons. All lesson happen @southcoastlessons @hatchstreetstudios in New Bedford, MA. Email email@example.com to book. Please spread the word.
My last “fresh sauce” of the season. Everything in the sauce was grown within 5 miles of here. Onions and garlic from Cervelli Farm. Tomatoes, eggplant, basil, oregano, and fennel seed from our garden. We still have loads of tomatoes in the garden, but they’re all green, and I don’t think many more will ripen. Not enough for a whole sauce, anyway. I used the last scrappy bits of basil tonight, too. It’s the official end of the gardening season here. #RuralLife #gardening
Maybe I shouldn’t have added that deep purple carrot to my chicken, veggie, tortellini soup. It looks kinda weird, though it tastes the same as always.
@kimberlygriffithpsyd maybe you’d like some?
So... I harvested a “few” peppers today. 😳 I’m not sure how my family of 4 will manage to eat all of them. #naturesbounty #gardening
I just learned that this beautiful kinetic installation in Custom House Park, New Bedford will be coming down on Tuesday. #silvercurrent by #patrickshearn
Local friends, you really should check it out if you haven’t. If you go downtown today, you can attend the Bow to Stern Festival, too.
Image by @karenromanoyoung. Shared with permission.
On this day of #schoolstrike4climate
I stand with students and #kidlit4climate Thank you to everyone who’s out marching. I’m not marching. Instead, I’m contributing by putting my writing skills to work writing a time-sensitive proposal for a book project that will highlight cutting edge science being done by @woodshole_ocean. WHOI’s expansive, dynamic, 6 year research project will expand our knowledge of the ocean twilight zone. One key focus of the research: the role of the twilight zone and its inhabitants on the global carbon cycle. #globalclimatechange #globalclimatestrike #climatechangeisreal
More pics from the Massachusetts Book Awards today at the Massachusetts State House. Thank you @masscenterforbook for a lovely day. The weather was gorgeous, so my walk from South Station and back was perfect. The last image is my final stop on the Greenway where I sat for a while and fleshed out more ideas for my WIP. (Yep. Of course I had my notebook in my bag. You never know when a great idea will strike). Tagging @jyolen @heidieys
One of my favorite pics from the @masscenterforbook awards at the Massachusetts State House today. (My other pics are vertical photos so they’ll require a second post). I was honored to have #FlyingDeep recognized and glad to spend some time with #KidLit friends. #literacy
@skortch @heatherlangbooks @jemorrisbooks