Yesterday there was so much to do in the garden that we split into teams to address different issues. The peas are getting tall enough that we need to start worrying about a pea trellis. A park neighbor donated the use of bamboo that is growing in his yard, and a pea trellis was built out of the bamboo stalks. Some sort of string will be run between the stalks that the peas will climb.
Meanwhile, there were vegetables to harvest! We planted 2 kinds of radishes, and many of the early radishes were able to be picked. These radishes are growing in the bed that will be taken over by squash. By the time the squash is big enough to impact the radishes, the radish season will be over. More radish seeds were planted in this same bed to provide another crop.
Our first lettuce was planted from seedlings, and many of these seedlings were ready to be picked. These lettuce heads are amazingly beautiful- green, red, and romaine lettuce.
After we picked the largest lettuces, we transplanted some of the lettuce seedlings we had planted from seed. This is a problematic procedure, as the sun was brightly shining and there was a good chance the seedlings would not survive the stress of being transplanted. We decided to give it a try, however, as we would just have thinned the transplants. We came up with a creative way to try to give them some shade by using the leaves from the bamboo stalks that were being used for the pea trellis.
We planted some more lettuce seeds to grow another crop. The remaining seeds (beans, cucumber, and squash) that needed warmer weather to germinate were planted. It seemed like we had gotten a bit lax in our watering and it had an impact on the swiss chard and the beets in particular, so everything got a good soaking. This got a bit overenthusiastic at times, with the hills of the potato patch being watered rather than the valleys where the seed potatoes are actually planted, and the box containing the seeds getting a drenching. The seeds were able to be rescued, fortunately.
We nibbled on some of our pickings-
Our chief gardener called a meeting to discuss the looming problem of deciding which of the tomato plants we have bought or have been donated to us we should plant. We can’t plant them all, and each type of tomato seems to have a constituency. We reached a compromise, with about half the tomatoes being cherry, grape or smaller than the usual, and the other half being of normal tomato size, with an emphasis on lots of different kinds of tomatoes.
Finally, the professor subjected us to one of his little Veggie School lectures — this time on the history of radishes — and "gently" reminded us about keeping apace with our community commitments homework on this project, which I’m sure we will all take to heart.
All in all, a very good day.