I went out last night and picked some salad lettuce and pulled a handful of carrots for our dinner.
I'm so pleased with the size of these carrots. Finally I figured it out. Yeah Me!
Technically, this is my 3rd attempt. I tried last fall, this spring and then this summer. A friend once told me that in gardening, she'll make the effort 3 times. If it fails after 3 different attempts, then she moves on. Makes sense to me.
I also pulled some of the seed pods off of the marigolds that are beside the salad bed. I got these as a freebie from Baker Creek. I planted a few in a pot...they did poorly, too hot. But the marigolds I put in the raised beds did beautifully.
I've never saved seeds before but it's something I'm interested in doing when I find a winner. Flowers are easy enough, I think. You either like them or you don't.
Veggies? Well, that's a bit tougher. There's a whole world of different varieties to try out there. I feel this compulsion to try new things whenever I see those glossy seed catalogs. Kinda like a kid in a candy store...."Oooo lookie! I need to try that too!" I expect at some point I'll start to save some of the vegetable winners in my garden but I'm afraid that might be a year or two away.
But lets start with the marigolds. Any tips for the new kid? Some of the pods are VERY dry. Most of them are still dampish though. Should I leave them on the plant to dry? Or pick them and let them dry inside?
Today is supposed to be sunny and in the 60's. SM and I are hoping to get out and dedicate some time to cleaning the garden up and putting it to bed for the Winter. It's so wonderful that SM is invested in the garden now too. It's turning into a big part of our home life. Really just too much for just one person when there's so much labor involved.
I'll probably post some before and after pics tomorrow. It's looking pretty nappy out there.