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Day 21: Tweens

4 Oct
My cheeky chinese tweens!

My cheeky chinese tweens!

Boy do children grow up fast. I believe I have tweens on my hands. Yes, vegetables go through puberty too. Just like humans, its the same – awkward looking gangley vegetables with identity crises and pimples. Yep, that’s right, you heard me. TWEENS!

Like people, vegetables too have growth spurts. Some sprout up faster than others. My cheeky chinese vegs are definitely ahead of the pack. Last week, I reported that they were the strongest of the bunch growing broad wide leaves. 7 days later, they’re officially annoying little tweens. Yes, they still want to play with the little kids, but they’re definitely experimenting in bad boy bands. I swear I heard a whisper in the wind that called out Robert Pattison somewhere in my garden this week! Ugh!

Beautiful butter lettuce

Beautiful butter lettuce

But I digress. My veggies are growing strong. Butterhead lettuce’s gorgeous brown leaves are literally gleaming in the sunlight now. They’ve really come into their own. Parents always tell you they have no favorites. Well, as a garden momma, I can tell you that is a complete lie! I do have a favorite and they are my butter lettuces. They’re just so delicate and cute. Sorry kids, there’s no Santa Claus either.

Stepping over to the south planter and the depression sets in. I’ve completely given up on the spinach. Seems they will not be sprouting this year. My sexy chard are also hanging by the lifeline. They look limp and weak. Kale too look a little less handsome than usual. I blame this mostly on the lack of sun on the south side of my back yard and the overdose of rain we’ve been having for the last week. Nothing I can do but pray my little babies will continue to fight the cold and shade with pure awesomeness. Yes, my plants are made of awesome, if you did not know already.

Courageous carrots

Courageous carrots

Curiously though, my carrots have made a rather unexpected dash to the finish line. I found 3 little carrot seeds that have sprouted this week! Don’t give up on the degenerates so fast Vanessa! In such dire conditions, my carrots have decided to brave the cold of October. And because of that I am naming them my little Courageous Carrots! As Derek Zoolander said, “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” No wiser words could be truer. My 3 brave carrots will be beautiful!

And that’s the 3 week update!

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Day 12: Baby greens showing personality

25 Sep
"Miss Lucky" Lettuce

"Miss Lucky" Lettuce

12 days into the vegetable garden and most of my seedlings are growing strong. The butterhead lettuce, chinese greens, kale and chard are sprouting surely.

“Miss Lucky” Lettuce

In fact, only 12 days old and my cute little butter lettuce are already showing signs of personality, sprouting a brown sheen on their delicate skins. It makes their momma oh so proud!

And since they’re to take on unique signs of life, I’m finding it hard not to give them all nick names. Butterhead lettuce were the first to sprout and so I’m christening it my “Miss Lucky” Lettuce.

“Cheeky Chinese” Greens

Cheeky Chinese Greens

Cheeky Chinese Greens

Near by, my oh so cheeky Chinese greens have also made an entrance in full bloom. In fact, they’re the strongest ones so far with broad leaves. They’re also sprouting a distinctive feathery leaf alongside their rounded ones.

I’m naming them “Cheeky” chinese greens because they’re awfully mischevious. You see they’re one of the ones that were mosh pit sowed. So they’re growing in wild spurts. A trait they acquired under their garden momma’s rather misfit hands.  Oh well, nurture in this case is to blame.

"Sir" Kale

"Sir" Kale

“Sir” Kale

My kale are the strong manly variety it seems. So it is only appropriate that I address them with “Sir”. They do have a distinctly strong gentlemanly demeanor, standing tall and lean. Even in their tender youth, they are already showing signs of their manly toughness and  swagger. My kale will be kings!

“Sultry” Shard

Every family has a siren. My shard are the sultry ones, already showing their sexy red leggings. Yes, they’re growing bright red stalk 12 days in! So gorgeous! Unfortunately, only a few have sprouted so far. I’m hoping for more to come but it looks unlikely.

The Degenerates

At this point, it seems my Mesculan greens, carrots and spinach are the degenerates. 12 days in and they have not sprouted. It’s rather sad. I’m giving them a few more days and hoping that they’ll show some sign of life soon!

And that’s the update! We’ve had a great bout of sunshine in late September so the veg are growing strong. Few days of rain fall so far, so I’m hand watering every other day. Again, absolutely no measure for why this often or this intermitant. Novice’s hunch maybe?

Next update to come in a few days.

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Day 6: Babies show sign of heartbeat

20 Sep
Butterhead Lettuce

Butterhead Lettuce

My seeds are sprouting! Just a few days ago there was no sign of life. This morning, I saw life! My butterhead lettuce and chinese greens are sprouting strongly. Salad greens have yet to peak their heads out yet, so I’m guessing a few more days for them. Kale is also going strong. I’m not too worried about the kale since they grow pretty much like weed.

Now the curious part are the spinach. You see, I made the novice mistake of literally shaking the packet into the dirt. I think in my excitement, I may have let the wind blow a few (ok a generous amount) all over one side of the garden. Woops! I’m getting baby sprouts everywhere in the south planter. I hear spinach grows pretty wild so I’m going to let it do its thing for a few more days before “aborting” the wanderers. Yes, that’s what it feels like as I plucked a few of the sprouts out of the dirt today. It felt wrong and dirty. But it must be done!

Very excited to see my seeds growing strong in 6 short days!

Day 1: Sowing the seeds, or “throwing the seeds”

13 Sep

North facing planters

North facing planters

It’s Sunday September 13th, and I’m driving to Home Depot with vegetable seeds in mind. “Where do I get vegetable seeds in September?” If you’re a real gardener, you are likely face palming yourself already at anyone trying to find seeds in September. And you’re right to be concerned because surprise, surprise, Home Depot had no seeds. In fact, when I asked the garden centre guy for seeds, he said, “Seeds?!”.

Ok woah, back the garden truck up Vanessa! I guess, I should back up and tell you a little bit about where I am and all that geographic information vital to gardening before I jump into the seeds. Read on…

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