Yesterday, I shared my disappointment about a barren spring where few of our cold season seedlings or transplants grew well at all.
After a suitable period of lamenting, I sorted through my seeds yesterday and came up with a new design–one that would help bridge us into summer– and I committed to this: get up and hose down the beds every morning for the next 10 days.
Right after planting, I made notes with an app to remind myself of what I did. I time-stamped it too! OCD. So here’s what we’ve got:
In Square Bed 1, I have abandoned the prospect of getting any bok choy. It’s almost June; they’re not going to make it. The newly planted arugula seed may not either, but I’ll give it a go.
In Square Bed 2, I originally planned to harvest spinach and beets until mid-summer and then do late season beans. But spinach is also not going to make it anymore, so I’m trying another row of beets and some annual herbs and lettuces.
This bed. Oh, this bed… is giving me so much trouble. In Square Bed 3, I planted my last three sunflower seeds and cloched them right away (all but one of the last set were mown down by a mysterious creature that lived under the bird netting). I hope to get 3 or 4 giant sunflowers and can plant cukes beside them in 2-3 weeks. In the meantime, I’ve sown all my remaining radish seeds to try to get a quick crop by mid-summer.
In Square Bed 4, I’ve planted some kabocha squash. I saved the seeds from last year’s enormous volunteer plant, which sprung up in our compost pile. It’s a Safeway variety (new heirloom name, perhaps: Safeway Kabocha), and it gave us several delicious pumpkins last year. This squash will take up most of the bed, but I’ll plant some beans around it (to make up two of the “three sisters“).
Here’s to sun, water, & that hidden magic that only seeds know,
A. / @thisisedible