This is the story of our adventures -- every day and extraordinary; our dreams -- tiny and grand; our gardens -- ornamental and sustaining; this is the story of our journey.  We are a family of four living a mindful, simple life here in Los Angeles County.  We are green, conscious, and forward thinking.  We keep an eye on the past because some of the best things have already been done and bear repeating.  Walk and talk with us, have a glass of wine, taste a peach or a tomato, blow some bubbles and watch them drift up over the canyon ridge.  Enjoy!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The garden is growing

We have lost the 8 largest tomato plants to the gopher (who is, PETA forgive us, hopefully dead). Those that remain, many of which are volunteers growing in random spots, are doing well. One of our upside down plums now has a fruit and I expect that many others will follow soon. I think we have a lot of grape toms coming -- I'm sure the ones with the tiny and abundant flowers are going grapes (Alex and Greggie mixed up my seedlings so I didn't know what went where). Most of those we lost were heirloom slicing tomatoes so we'll need to "backfill" some of those once we're sure the gopher is gone. The lower beds, not pictured, have been really slow to come on -- too much shade and something eating the heck out of most stuff -- but is finally showing some results -- the carrots look great, some pole and bush beans, and a couple cukes coming along, as well as the melons. The best melon so far is a volunteer in the center of one of the bean teepees. We re-seeded the lower beds with lettuce and arugula and hopefully those will thrive in the shade. Back up top, seems the pepper plants are finally growing! We put cukes in the former lettuce bed on the deck. The broccoli is now sharing space with the beets but something keeps eating both.

For comparison sake, here is what the garden looked like two weeks ago -- the Solstice makes it grow!

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