Getting prepped for planting
We're urban renters, with a teeny tiny backyard that has one corner that gets full sun. After a recent building project, we now have 26 square feet of raised beds with a lot of room to grow 'up'. I plan to use a French intensive method of gardening (as learned from Marta Teegan), designed to produce a lot in a small area.
Blood orange tree, blueberries, fig tree
We also have a container herb garden with all of the usual suspects, as well as fruit in containers - lemon, lime, blood orange, fig, blueberries - and along the fence (strawberries in a Woolly Pocket) in areas that get enough sun.
In the beginning
So after years of buying seedlings from the fabulous Hayground team at their Santa Monica Farmer's Market stand, I decided to go for it and start from seed myself. What I really didn't realize was how much room it would take! What started as one small tray of seedling pots (see above) has now grown, divided and taken up a good portion of our master bedroom, the only room in our place that gets semi-decent light all day. The good news is that I haven't killed off anything yet.
I've started 'hardening off' my first batch of seeds, including cucumbers and some summer squash, and am hoping to get a few of these plants in the beds next week. I hope my little guys are happy once they get outside. I had no idea how much excitement would be generated by seeing the seeds begin to sprout. That's the kind of relationship with food that I want to have!
This week's title is inspired by the Arrested Development song Children Play with Earth.