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Friday, May 22, 2015

this week in the garden

It's that time of year again, when I can share community garden updates!  I planted seeds several weeks ago at our first community garden work day, and they're all starting to pop up!  Saying that "I" planted them is not exactly true.  What really happened was that friends of mine were kind enough to plant all my seeds for me as I directed where I'd like them.  But it was still a surprise to see where all the seedlings popped up.  I still have no idea what and when I'll be able to harvest things with the baby coming, but I still love any chance I have to watch things grow.  

First, several varieties of carrots.  A carnival blend, some yellow ones, some white ones, and some beautiful dark orange ones.  I don't remember any of the actual names of the varieties, but I have the packages to remind myself when it comes time to harvest.  

Second, lots of beets!  Again, several varieties none of which I really remember.  I know there's an early variety, an old French variety, some dark purple ones, and of course, lots of golden beets.  

Third, a section of kale and swiss chard.  These will have to be thinned pretty soon to allow room for growth.  All the sprouts will go on a nice egg salad sandwich.  YUM. 

A view of all my (vegetable) babies.  You can beets in the immediate foreground, my onions, carrots, kale, and lots and lots of lettuce and some radishes in the background.  

This sage is from our community garden herb circle.  I'm always pleasantly surprised when perennials come back after a hard winter.  

And this little strawberry flower is from our strawberry bed.  I'm going to be keeping my eye on this plot a lot in the coming weeks.  Because those strawberries need to be in my belly, not the squirrels'. 

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