On Sunday we celebrate Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year 😦 but also the beginning of our stretch towards Summer!! And while we may have a whole season of winter ahead of us, longer days are in sight.
I decided to collect the last of my garden this week- as a celebration of the end of fall. I planted all of it back on September 19th. So after 91 days, this is what I got:
And a look at how it progressed:
This weekend I paid a visit home to my parents’ house. It went by really quick, but I managed to get some good dog and garden time in. Hurley and Amigo were on their best behavior…
On Saturday, we went to Roger’s Gardens. It’s this giant nursery, event, home decor shop in Newport Coast. They have tons of plants- native, holiday-themed, edible, arranged, wall-hanging. Pretty much any plant inspiration you could want, all in one place. They also go all-out for the Christmas season and so it’s a great place to find ideas for your own holiday decorating. They have giant trees covered in ornaments of every theme and color scheme you could imagine.
After moving to an apartment with no yard or patio space, I realized I needed to find an alternative place to garden. I decided to rent a spot at St. Michael’s Church in Isla Vista. They’ve got ten community garden boxes set up and you can rent one for $5 a month to cover the cost of water.
DAY 0: When I chose my box, there were some remnants from the previous tenant. These came out and in went some fresh cow manure to amend the soil. I turned it all over real well and then let it sit for a week.
This was my first trip to ACE. You know how they say “Ace, the helpful place”? Well that’s really true! An employee saw me looking at the vegetable section and told me exactly when the truck would be coming with fresh stock. So two days later I showed up and got the first pick of the crop!
What I chose:
-Supreme 6 Lettuce Mix
-Paris Island Cos
-Victoria Cherry Rhubarb
-Danvers Half Long Carrot seeds
I picked all of these varieties because of their success as a fall planting in my zone 10+. (Except the rhubarb- that may take at least a year to harvest, but I saw it at the garden center and had to buy it)
DAY 1: In the ground! It was so exciting to pick out my plants and put them in the ground. I put the lettuces along the edge and the rhubarb in the center surrounded by the broccoli and cabbage. The onions are planted randomly throughout and the carrot seeds are in the empty spaces in the front and back of the box.
DAY 14: (So somehow I forgot to take a picture on Day 7)
Everything is growing! One of my lettuces mysteriously went missing after the first night. It was completely gone down to the root ball…
I planted some potatoes that we had in our cupboard and had sprouted eyes. I just cut them up and let them dry before putting them in the ground under mounded up soil.
On this day I added 3 ornamental cabbages to the box and some Indian Summer Rudbeckia seeds. The cabbage is for a fall decoration I want to make later and the seeds will grow into a sunflower variety.
J and I visited the garden to collect our first harvest. We picked some lettuces and plan to eat them as a salad for dinner tonight!