Sunday, June 6, 2010

Edible Patience: My First Vegetable Garden

I am not a patient person. I do want to be. I keep hoping I'll grow into it. But man alive- does it have to take so long?


As an exercise in slowing down, enjoying the journey, etc. I have a new project I'm bouncing around like I have springs on my feet to share with you.

Behold: The Wicked Vegetable Patch
Rather, my crude interpretation of it. Don't laugh. This makes me feel awfully organized.

About three weeks ago, what had been a vacant lot near Wicked Park turned into a Grade A Community Garden. I immediately put pen to pretty paper to express an interest in a plot to the group in charge.

At first, I thought I was out of luck. Demand exceeded supply when it came to plots and my name was not called. Alas, a day later, my "gardening angel" got in touch volunteering to share, seeing as he had a full-fledged farm on his roof. Seriously- my neighbor/mentor de dirt is a spearhead of Green Roof Growers. Lucky lucky girl. As an experiment, Bruce even built the trellis pictured, making for what will surely be really happy tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchinis.
We picked up the plants on Friday after work and tilled the soil well into the dark. I sustained 15 mosquito bites to prove it. By Saturday morning, it felt like Christmas. I could not sleep, I just wanted to wake up and get my leafy loves into the ground.
This, I know, leads to the inevitable question: What did we plant and how long will we be waiting?

Per the latter, I'm not planning to see so much as shiny fruit till mid to late July. It's a short season but I'm still so very very excited. Now the what.

5 varieties of Heirloom tomato: Cherokee Purple, Thessaloniki (surprise, surprise), Caspian Pink, Kellogg’s Breakfast and Red Cherry
1 seedless Armenian cucumber (from seed)
1 classic zucchini
4 eggplants
1 row of Scarlet Nantes carrots (from seed)
1 Early Jersey cabbage (free from garden neighbors with an extra)
2 Basil plants
2 Dill plants
1 Italian parsley plants
1 Butternut Squash (from seed)

And one perfectly lovely green paw who is fully grown but ever on her journey toward self-actualization and if that takes vegetable gardening, then so be it.


Emily @ Mini House said...

July will be here before you know it. Did you ever hear that saying "knee high by the 4th of July" - not sure what vegetable that pertains to but I remember it from my Southern summers. :) Enjoy the journey, I'll be checking in to see what's popping up.

TKTC said...

We were a little late getting into the ground but it's true, time will fly...that's what it does these days anyway! You're in CA now...I suspect you could grow anything at mini cottage but consider a lemon tree for me!

Baby Indie said...

"Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas." --Elizabeth Murray, Farmer's Almanac, 2010

RebeccaC said...

OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!! Can we plan a weeding date? I water too! Just point me towards the spiggot.