It’s hot in the garden. Okay, well it feels hot.
Spring in Los Angeles ranges from highs of 60 to 80 and lows of 50 to 65. Today, it’s sunny, 75 and feels hot.
When I went outside to inspect the flowers, with Rosie, I found a tail under the fire pit.
The tail moved a little as Rosie’s ball ran into it, and I saw Mardi roll over on his back. I decided to go in for further inspection.
Clearly he approves of the firepit. We know he enjoys the garden, as we’ve spotted him looking for a spot to call his litterbox.
As I continued to walk around, I was happy to see that the nasturtium seeds I planted ages ago have popped up.
These little ones are so beautiful, with the red edges along the leaves. I believe these are the ones with creamy yellowish flowers, and they’re more clumps rather than trailers. We’ve been trying to plant flowers amongst the food, to help attract pollinators and good bugs.
I love looking at close ups of our dirt! (Just like the background picture of the blog.)
One row of squash and melons is finally planted! David will build the trellis within the next month, as these babies have a while to grow. I gave them a dose of fish emulsion this morning, to help them get going. From front to back these are: Pinnacle spaghetti squash(2), buttercup (3), sweet dumpling (2), and sugar baby watermelon (1). I think they’re fairly close together, but I’ve never trellised squash before. We had so many varieties of seeds, and haven’t had space to grown winter squash and melons before. I’m so excited for these!
We finally planted our first eggplants in the eggplant section. At the top of the picture are two Japanese eggplant. The Rosa Bianca should be ready to go in this week! This picture also has borage (left), marigold (center), fenugreek (3 on right), and acorn squash. Everything is planted pretty close together, which we’re hoping will allow us to maximize our food production space.
In the front yard, our pot of calendula seeds are coming along nicely! We have more plants to put in pots, but right now all of our pots of full of mulch that still needs to be spread. I spread some in the backyard yesterday, and then decided that making beer and hanging out with my friend was more fun!
In the raised bed garden, when I showed the picture of the white radishes that were ready to harvest, I didn’t point out all of the cosmos that have popped up behind it and are ready to transplant. I have a few place where they may be able to go, and should do it before they get too big. Perhaps this evening, we can walk around the yard and pick a place.
I noticed today that our dragonfruit cactus has a new shoot. This guy really needs support and a new place, so it can grow big and droopy. We got the cutting from a friend a couple years ago and it’s fun to watch grow, but I don’t know if we’ll ever get fruit off of it.
A few years ago, David got some corms (like bulbs) of a plant that attracts hummingbirds to the front yard. We believe they are Chasmanthe. It flowered in February and during full bloom we had a hummingbird come by about every five minutes! The plants have multiplied in our herb bed, and we plan to dig them out and move them as soon as they die back.
Currently the little red seeds are dropping all over the place. Between the fan palm seeds from above, and these guys, we have lots going on below. This is why it’s almost time to mulch!
And lastly, I recently reorganized the plants on the front porch, and found a new place for Jethro Troll. The succulents are looking great this time of year!