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!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pulling peas and pruning pumpkins

This morning I climbed into what I call the Bed of Chaos -- where zucchini grow from pumpkin seeds, pole peas grow in piles, and volunteer tomatoes outpace pepper transplants.  I went in to pull out the peas, which are not producing, and to prune the pumpkin so the peppers and eggplant could get some sun.  And I found more strange things.

I'm pretty sure this is a yellow crookneck, growing from that same row of pumpkin/zucchini plants.
And, alas, I think this may be a baby pumpkin!
I also found potato berries, from which I can harvest TPS, true potato seeds.  TPS are planted to produce a tuberlet which is then planted to grow potatoes. 
I love the blackberry blossoms, and how the blackberry vines are spreading all over this back area!

I also found another overgrown zucchini -- how did I miss this the other day????

I was most excited to find cucumbers!  I have had so little luck growing them in the past -- fingers crossed!

Hopefully the eggplant and peppers can now get growing, with a little more sun on them!

The bed before:
And after.

1 comment:

Kinda Like a Chef said...

Yay!!! Cucumbers!!!! Crossing my fingers for you! I know a lot of mine have started and then fallen off. But I have like 4 or 5 that have really set and are growing nicely! I can't wait to taste them! Everything else looks fantastic! Can't wait to come over next week!