Monday, February 9, 2009

Getting myself back into the garden

I have not been a diligent, vigilant veggie gardener the past few weeks—surprise, I got distracted and started painting my living room instead. But yesterday I took a painting break and made a quick trip to the nursery for transplants. Then I began weeding, thinning, and extracting (I sometimes need to see the reward before I start the hard work.)

I pulled out some bolted arugula and replaced it with shallots, which I’ve never grown but love to eat. I also planted some fennel, swiss chard, two lettuces, and several herbs.

Saturday, I was planning to pull out the five cauliflowers, which hadn't produced, but they must have gotten wind of my plan because by Sunday morning, three of them had tiny florets showing.

We finally got some rain last night! Mud-splattered lettuce, arugula, and spinach never looked so good.


Lancashire rose said...

Isn't it amazing what happens when you have some rain. Suddenly everything perks up and starts growing. That water from the tap just doesn't do the thing. I am experimenting with shallots this year. They are so expensive to buy. I am anxious to know what is going on under the ground. There are lots of little stalks and I'm hoping there is a shallot under every one of them. Good luck with your collys.

TexasDeb said...

I am such a flop at growing vegetables generally. We simply are not in the habit of watering things often enough to get good results.

I agree rain water seems to encourage plants more than hose water does. A great argument for us all to get rain barrels I guess.

Thanks for sharing photos of your veggie babies.

Daphne said...

I love your little variegated thyme. It is so cute.