Today I did the following garden chores:
* Cut down the trash tree seedlings the birds planted along the fence line
* Hauled the brush and old cosmos sticks out to the street (city pickup is this week)
* Mowed down the grass in the zinnia bed
* Loaded up the bird feeder
* Turned the compost bin (it's working! the kitchen waste is turning into compost!)
* Planted a six-foot row of yellow Granex onions
* Planted more Danvers 126 carrots
After this week's rains, everything looks happier. The rain gauge was up to three inches on Thursday morning, but got knocked over Thursday night. On Friday, we got two inches more.
I'm not exactly sure how many inches we got, but obviously we got enough to turn the Fairy rose and columbine leaves yellow, and sprout a bunch of weed seeds.
Here we have a plethora of lettuces. These little babies made it through our recent freeze just fine, thanks to pine straw mulch and floating row cover.
Front to back: baby oakleaf from Seed Savers Exchange, Simpson Elite from Livingston Seed, "Crispy Winter Greens" mix from Renee's Garden and "Q's Special Medley" mesclun mix from Botanical Interests.
These baby Catalina spinach seedlings survived the 17° F temps, too!
Now I'm dreaming of spinach salads and sauteed spinach with garlic.
The Swiss chard is rising from the soil, like a phoenix from the ashes.
The Packman broccoli is coming along; this head is the size of a half dollar.
Still no sign of the Snowball cauliflower, though. They're growing in the same conditions as the broccoli; same Hill Country Garden Soil, same Ladybug organic fertilizer, same water, same pine straw mulch; not sure what the problem is.
I planted a few herbs in cinder blocks right outside the back door. Here we have dill and cilantro; the parsley and chives haven't come up yet.
They say that onions and strawberries are good companion plants. I'm putting that old wives' tale to the test! These are bunching onions from Dromgoole's. I planted the yellow Granex onions in this same bed.
Overall, I feel MUCH better about the garden this week than I did last week.