Bird Netting

A couple days ago we transplanted a dozen or so red oak lettuce volunteers, a mesclun mix, some mustard greens and half a dozen broccoli plants. And also cast seeds for several more rows of oak leaf lettuce. The bugs seem to leave the oak leaf alone and with the bird netting we should get a pretty good survival.

The bird netting box was made using pvc pipe and laying the netting over and tying off with short clips of fencing wire. I used this last year and it worked great and then was packed up nicely. It should only be needed for a month or so to deter the birds.


Two Artichokes and a Pear Tree

Having time to garden is like having time to breath. Just casting seed is too much like sitting on the park bench and feeding the pigeons. We have some happy fat birds this year… Was able to add a couple more Imperial Star Artichokes to the back section and Comice Pear in the front yard, thanks to Harmony Farm Supply.

Some day this will all be yours.


It’s warm enough and feels like winter is over. Am only going to have time to do quick gardening this year so we’ll see if all of the work on building good rich soil in the beds over the last few years pays off.

No till, just a quick rake, then planted some Russian kale and a mix of green and red salad bowl lettuce along with a pack of older snow peas. If all goes well, these should be edible in a couple months…



Got kale in before it rained last weekend. I went with Dino kale as the fetus seems to be liking it of late. It is the old Tuscan kale and is a traditional kale for soups… started getting cold enough to turn on the heat and make soup…


The Long View

It’s summer now. Just starting to get tomatoes regularly. July is such a tease. I picked our first pepper yesterday. It was about half green, half red. Couldn’t wait. Right now, the garden is mostly about basil and cucumbers. It got above 90 here a few days ago so we went back to the beach…


The sunflowers over took the carrot bed a while back and kept these guys in the shade. Growing carrots in the shade?? Some pretty colors and tasty too.


heirloom potatoes

It got past to 90 today but I had the sweet joy of digging up these lovely heirloom potatoes for dinner. Now, just have to figure out how to cook them before someone eats them all raw…