or more experimentation. I added two broccoli plants, some french breakfast radishes , a couple of rows ruby red beets, and a few rows of harvest green onions. So far I’ve spent maybe 30.00 on dirt,plants, and seeds. Once the rains start coming it really shouldn’t cost much more. ( I already own fertilizer).
Gardening – esp vegetable gardening- is not necessarily a money saving venture. Have you ever read The $64 Tomato ? One man’s quest for the perfect garden. I guess that is the first lesson — don’t try to have a perfect garden. some pest somewhere will get something. The two biggest pests in my area — snails and gophers. But raising my bed 3 feet off the ground, they aren’t a problem. I thought squirrels might be a problem, but not so far. Of course by raising the bed I do have to invest more money in soil, fertilizer, and possibly water. (hard to tell about water — since it doesn’t rain around here in the summer) Of course composting and mulch could cut down on those numbers. I guess gardening is sort of a longer term investment/project.
Well, a week ago it hadn’t crossed my mind. Today, I have a winter garden . I took a 3 by 4 section of my garden and added 2 cubic yards of soil with lots of good stuff added to it. I’m supposed to add more fertilizer after 3 months — I think 2 would be better ( DEC 15th) . I just picked up plants at Target so I have a mix of what was available there. Currently there are 6 cauliflower plants, 1 bok choy , 1 swiss chard , and 1 ‘gourmet lettuce mix’. Peas, beets,parsnips,carrots,and radishes are other things that have been suggested. So I am not sure if I am done planting yet.
Planting this time of year is different. Still hot.( the cat gave up on being in the sun long before I finished.) I guess it is because the light is different,and the air isn’t as soft as it is in spring. In spring, planting feels like hope. In fall, it feels like survival.
After hearing about my mom’s winter garden — it occurred to me that it would be possible to do a winter garden here in NoCal. Of course, I am getting conflicting information. Some say it is too late , some say I still have time. I think the ones that want me to plant peas in August are crazy. It is way too hot and dry for peas in August/ September. This year’s cold snap that is hitting us now — not usual. ( ok today it started warming up ) . But someplace else said it is the amount of light during the day that is the issue. Confusing. Not sure there will be a winter garden this year,but maybe next year.