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April 8, 2013
Are you ready for spring? It’s time to start planting our spring vegetables. What’s your favorite? I’ve had my cool season garden all through the winter months. Several kinds of lettuce, radishes, ruby chard, onions, beets, 3 kinds of kale, cabbage, and strawberries. I dedicated a whole 4′ x 4′ plot to strawberries. We’ve been picking them for a couple of weeks now. Beautiful, juicy, flavorful, and so good for us. I have 2 empty plots I’ll use for my spring planting, plus soon I’ll have more spaces in the winter plots. I saved my seeds, so now I just have to plan what I want to grow and get them started. I’m very interested in learning how to save seeds from heirlooms. I have a thriving Momotaro yellow tomato that I can hardly wait to try. Several kinds of squash, and I hope to find my Japanese cucumber seeds and get them going. They are crispy and tasty, and grow so quickly once they get started. Nasturtiums are blooming like crazy, adding lively color to the garden. Pics coming soon.
September 1, 2011
Summer is almost over, and it’s time now to get our fall and winter plants started. Summer squash and tomatoes are on their way out so we’ll plant cool weather crops such as broccoli, cabbage, celery, onions, radishes, carrots, winter squash, pumpkins and herbs. I’m going to plant fava beans again as a cover crop and I’m looking for something else for a winter cover crop to replenish the soil for some of the other boxes. Don’t know yet what that will be. We’re picking a 2nd batch of dragon tongue beans from the ones that grew up the corn stalks this summer. I was just about to pull them out when I noticed they seemed to have a 2nd life. Interesting beans. Purple stripes on the pods that disappear when cooked. They look just like ordinary green garden beans after cooking.
Now that fall is arriving, garden clubs in the area are back on schedule so I have several to go to to present the Square Foot Gardening concept. If you live in the Southern California area and are interested in learning more about having a speaker at your club, just send me an email.
I’m putting together some herb garden planter boxes for my talks and for gifts. In addition to my sfg plots in my back yard I have several containers for various experiments. I’ll add pictures soon. Easy to do and a great way to introduce someone to gardening.
School gardening projects are so popular now. I worked with a group – L.A.’s Best, last spring to start some after school gardens. Great fun way for kids to learn.
We also got the rooftop garden at Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles started. They serve 2500 meals per day to homeless people, and soon they will have lots of fresh vegetables to add to their menu.
Azusa got their community garden launched last spring. When you’re in the area be sure to check it out. It’s at Memorial Park. There’s a demo square foot garden right by the front gate.
My next Square Foot Gardening workshop is October 8, 2011 from 10 to 1 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Call them for details at (626) 821-3222.
I’ll be speaking again at the Los Angeles County Fair on September 9 and 30, at 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 pm both days, in the Flower and Garden building.
Let me know how your garden is doing and what you are planting, and remember to have fun.
March 17, 2011
We had a great meeting at UC Irvine yesterday, starting with a super salad and fruit lunch, and then I talked about Square Foot Gardening, and about nasturtiums. I think we all had a good time. It’s time to get those gardens in. Before you know it we will be having all kinds of tasty veggies and salad makings to enjoy. I love the enthusiasm I see this time of year.
March 15, 2011
As I write this I’m thinking about our busy calendar. Garden club talks, workshops and rooftop garden projects, with something going on every weekend, it seems. I have a stack of seed catalogs to inspire me, and of course I want to grow almost everything I see. I’m thankful now that I have a small garden that will keep me from getting totally out of control when it’s time to plant. At least with square foot gardening I can plant more in less space so I can try out several things.
Please check the calendar to see if there is something for you to attend.