Spring Cleaning

It’s been a busy weekend and I’m ready for a nap. The weather report predicted large rain storms this weekend, so when I woke on Saturday to barely sprinkling rain, I rushed to clean up the garden and mobilize seedlings to take advantage of the free watering. Of course it didn’t really rain that much today either, so I had another unexpected afternoon of sprouting.

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I harvested the last good chunk of napa cabbages and grabbed some peas that were ready to pop. I pulled out my sad, star-bursted cauliflowers, which decided they no longer wanted to be eaten and took off dead leaves and branches from nearby plants. I transplanted some garbanzo beans to the wine crate container area and added some newly sprouted zucchini and calendula seedlings to my compost pile corner, which is actually an experiment to see what will actually grow there. I meant to get a compost bin sometime last year but my pile of plants from seasons past were already deteriorating on their own so I decided to see if I can use that area again for planting. I planted some corn and bean seeds in that corner and a bunch of “save the bees” seeds, which promptly got eaten by birds. They are very sneaky.

Wine Crate Container Garden - pak choi, chinese broccoli, spinach, garbanzo beans, onions

Wine Crate Container Garden – pak choi, chinese broccoli, spinach, garbanzo beans, onions

Compost Corner with Squash, Calendula, and future Beans and Corn

Compost Corner with Squash, Calendula, and future Beans and Corn

Save the Bees planter

Save the Bees planter

I also put out some marigolds that I purchased last week around the garden to help deter bugs and planted some more radish seedlings in the raised pot that used to hold cabbages. We also stopped by the garden store and got a Japanese cucumber and “Eight Ball” zucchini plant, which will hopefully fruit earlier than my plants that were started from seed. I also started another batch of seeds to fill in the gaps in a few months as part of my effort towards succession planting. My hope is to have something to harvest each weekend for months to come.

Marigolds and future bed of radishes

Marigolds and future bed of radishes

Japanese cucumbers from garden store

Japanese cucumbers from garden store

Regular cucumber seedlings and beans from seed

Regular cucumber seedlings and beans from seed

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Rosemary, Eight Ball zucchini and potato bags

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Seedling table

Strawberry container patch (minus one strawberry that got nibbled on by squirrels)

Strawberry container patch (minus one strawberry that got nibbled on by squirrels)

Adzuki bean, edamame and peas

Adzuki bean, edamame and peas

My first cherry tomato of the season

My first cherry tomato of the season

My favorite thing about this time of year is the smell of various flowers. The citrus trees are full of blooms, as are the jasmine and peas. Our pear trees in the front of the yard went through their flowering recently and my lavender and bulbs are getting big. The bees are quite happy. I’m hoping to grow a lot more flowers this year to help balance out my garden and to attract good bugs that can help with my veggies and fruits.

Jasmine flowers

Jasmine flowers

Citrus flowers

Citrus flowers

Flowers from the garden

Flowers from the garden

There’s still lots to do in the weeks ahead but I’m excited for all the potential harvests soon. We just started weighing our harvests to help us keep track of our progress. For the month of February, our totals were:

Napa cabbage – 3936 grams
Peas (unshelled) -385 grams
Parsley – 279 grams
Salad mix – 242 grams
Kale – 220 grams
Bottle Gourd – 219 grams
Tatsoi – 200
Cilantro – 141 grams
Chinese broccoli – 118 grams
Breakfast radishes -111 grams
Chinese Celery – 97 grams

And just as I am finishing my post about how little rain we got this weekend, it is now pouring. 🙂

Happy Parsley

Happy Parsley

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5 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning

    • I just drove back to LA from NorCal two weeks ago and passed by all of the farmland that got dried out from the drought. Poor plants! Hopefully we all get lots of rain this year.

  1. I just love your garden .. the pictures were outstanding and gave me lots of ideas for when all the snow here in Canada is gone..

    Take care and happy blogging to ya, from Laura ~

  2. I love that you are keeping track of the total of produce you harvest, thats an awesome idea! I’ve moved my blog over to it’s own website at http://www.carolinegrows.com. I always think of the cool circle line up of your blog with all the neat pictures, it’s really nice theme! 🙂 I’m also jealous of your parsley. Mine is still a 2″ baby.

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