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May in So Cal

Post  Chopper on 5/21/2010, 9:06 pm

I will be interested to see where I am next May with the year round plan in full swing by then. In the meantime, I am SOOO impatient. LOL. I have decided to try to get one thing to eat from the garden each day. Today it was a single strawberry - wonderful! - and some beet greens.

I am disappointed that my beets aren't more mature by now. I gave them the 60 days on the packet so I should have full sized beets by now. LOL. Where those packets get their timing, I do not know. And every day I look at my one full sized Early Girl in the hopes of seeing some pink, but not quite yet.

How is everyone else doing?

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Post  AFLfan on 5/22/2010, 12:49 am

I am in a similar situation. I dug around my onions, and it looks like they are about 2"-3" bulbs so far. I have yet to get a decent beet, though the greens are good. I have one great-looking turnip, but others in the same square are ridiculously tiny. Some lettuce's are OK, and my bush beans are beginning to flower. Tomato plants are still about 3" tall (late planting). My three-year-old artichoke plants are doing great, and I could harvest about 30 chokes tomorrow if we wanted.

So I am grabbing a little bit at a time. I have some volunteer tomatoes that look great, but the ones that I planted are miniscule. I just wish I could figure out why one turnip looks great, while another, six inches away and from the same seed packet, looks terrible.

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Re: May in So Cal

Post  Chopper on 5/22/2010, 3:05 am

It is interesting that you say that. My beets, although none are ready are at ridiculously different stages of growth in the same square. And my corn is the same - some look like I planted them weeks apart.

Oddly, my Early Girl is the shortest tomato plant, but has tomatoes on it. The others are a lot bigger (but still only about 2.5 feet) but no tomatoes.

Ah well, it is still my best garden attempt ever and I love the raised beds vs. row gardening. I at least feel like I have a fighting chance.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 5/22/2010, 2:13 pm

In the last week, I've harvested enough strawberries from my six plants to constitute a serving; this is the first year this has happened. I refreshed the squares in that bed with more Mel's Mix earlier this year.

I'm desperately trying to devour the remaining greens (lettuces of many varieties) that I planted last fall. My main dill plant is about 4' tall and beginning to form heads. The volunteer tomatoes are thriving, as is the one that came back again this year. Ditto the squash seeds I planted in pre-made Mel's Mix, but outside the box. (This also is something that has never happened before.)

Some of the bush beans are ready to flower, and the pole beans are beginning to climb.

Corn? Well, that's another story. I planted four squares with different varieties, but the germination rate has been quite low. So, I re-planted where necessary two weeks ago. So far, only one small sprout has appeared.

Likewise, the cucumbers planted from seed look healthy but are taking their time.

I'm still enjoying my first decent brocolli harvest. Not to mention the deliciously tender red potatoes I've dug up in the last two weeks.

As I think I've mentioned before, my main gardening challenge is a relative lack of sunlight. This year, however, the HOA finally hacked the pesky 33' olive tree next door to a lean and mean 20-footer. They also cut back the ivy on the garage wall to the west, so I'll definitely have more light this summer than usual.

All this, with five squares left to plant!
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Post  MeyerLemon on 6/3/2010, 12:42 am

Everything seems to be growing a bit slower than it did last year. I'm guessing all the cool weather we have had.

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Post  Chopper on 6/3/2010, 12:44 am

The weather has been so cool I regretted not planting lettuce. I didn't get started until March and I figured it was too late.

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