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Friday, May 30, 2014

this week in the garden

I came back from vacation to an explosion of baby lettuce!  My six varieties of lettuce all seem to be doing pretty well.  I should be able to start harvesting (and eating!) fresh, delicious salads in a week or two.  Above is the Freckles lettuce and below are the Buttercrunch and the Merlot variety.

In the picture above you can also see a random baby cilantro that popped up (top center) and one of my radishes (bottom left)  that aren't doing so hot.  I tried harvesting radish seeds last season, but the seeds I planted at the end of April haven't been very productive.  I might try them again at the end of the season. 

Some baby rainbow chard that will need to be thinned out soon. 

And some peas that I am so excited about!!  These are the blue shelled peas I bought through Baker Creek seed company.  I love the slightly blue tinge to the leaves and the small purple circles where the leaves meet the stems.  Watching things grow and finding new details like this is one of my favorite parts of gardening. 

Things are also going well in the herb garden.  The chamomile is going crazy, which means I'll soon have to research when to harvest it and how to turn it into delicious tea.  Sounds like a good potential blog post...

These are the borage seedlings I started from seed a few weeks ago.  It's the first time I've planted it, and I'm curious to see how it grows.  When it's mature it will grow light blue flowers that supposedly taste like cucumbers. 

And the sage is also growing nicely!  I am so glad it survived the winter.  You can see the progress it's made in just a few short weeks.

This week we have another garden work day, and I'm planning to plant my nasturtium and bean seeds and do some work in our food forest.  My family is also visiting from St. Louis, and my mom promised to bring some tomato plants for my community garden plot!  The weather looks like it's going to be perfect, and I am so happy to spend time outside and have a picnic lunch.

Hope you have a great weekend.  Have any fun plans?

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