in november 2011 i got hired for another (almost) fulltime position doing software stuff for an internet company. that’s as much detail as i’ll go into at least. anyway, between the preexisting pizza job and the office stuff, i have not had much time to garden this year! but summer’s here and it’s gorgeous out and i would be ashamed of myself if i did not get to dig in the dirt at least a few times.
ugh look at all that garbage thrown everywhere. at the bottom of the picture you can see my 2 tomato plants (“sungold” cherry tomatoes and “beefy boy” beefsteaks), my 2 lettuce beds (“bunte forellenschuss” which is a speckled butter lettuce and “mayan jaguar” which i hope imbues me with all the powers of said large cat), and a darling little shiso plant. shiso (perilla) is a japanese herb commonly used to make umeboshi. this one is going to be turned into ice cream once it gets big enough!
peas please (“green arrow” shelling peas, these peas are the shit. double pods, heavy bearing, and candy sweet) and a “crystal palace” lobelia plant so there’s at least something to look at until the peas sprout.
another view of the tomatoes and stuff. this bed’s actually been extended out about 2 feet since i took this picture. i planted more lettuce, a few kinds of radishes (“giant beer friend” daikon and “sparkler” round radishes) and some shungiku (chrysanthemum greens) in the new area.
not shown: 2 other beds. one planted with nasturtiums, the other with carrots, watermelon radishes, more shungiku, probably more lettuce? i guess i’ll have to see what sprouts.
one of the main reasons i’ve been putting off gardening for so long is that the soil fucking sucks. it’s been about 80-85 degrees for a week and it hasn’t rained in maybe 2 or 3 weeks, but the majority of what i dug up was still wet and sticky. most of the work i did to improve the beds last year got washed away once it started to rain. (the garden is on a hillside and a creek runs above it. when the rainy season starts, the creek overflows and water will also bubble up through the middle of my plot. i don’t think raised beds would do anything to prevent this.) once my plants are established i probably won’t need to water as often, but there’s a pretty good chance that stuff might get killed by frost before it’s ready to harvest. it is almost august after all.
my blueberry bush is a lot bigger this year and the berries should be ready to pick starting in about a week or two, and the first lettuces should be ready to pick around the same time. more pictures soon! i mean it!