Monday, July 30, 2012

Red in the Garden and Visitors

Photo: It's happening!!  In a sea of green, I'm finally seeing...RED!!
 The garden is in full swing now! There is now color in the green! The Pocket Farmer ( said it perfectly today with this picture on Facebook.
I've been a little camera lazy lately, but I have gotten some people pictures.
I feel so fortunate to get to meet so many people who are working to change the way we see and grow our food.
Thanks to Tim and Helen from Ag Innovations ( for coming by last week.
" We care deeply about creating a more economically viable, socially just, and environmentally sound way to grow and distribute food."
This is from the home page of their website, and it seems to be the common thread connects most all of the visitors who want to visit a La Mesa Verde garden family and to learn more about our unique program.
Thanks again to Sacred Heart Community Service for providing the opportunity to make a difference!
These ladies visited from the San Jose Garden Club ( ) They answered so many questions, like how to reseed lettuce. It can be as simple as just letting them flower and drop their seeds back into the soil.
Every visitor leaves me feeling like a super star gardener. Diva, if you will, even though it's all pretty simple so far.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Gabriel Valle

It's 54 degrees this morning here in San Jose Ca. It's July 15th. Just sayin'.
But the air is crisp and clear and just wait 'til afternoon, probably be crying about the heat.
 I have two points. 1.) I will complain about anything. 2.) This is some tiempo loco!

Crazy weather!
Thanks for visiting the La Mesa Verde gardens, Gabriel Valle! He's a graduate student at the University of Washington in the Sociocultural Anthropology PhD program and has an interest in alternative food movements.

Morning Bounty!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Garden Week 10

Planting day was 4/28/12 so we are in the 10th week, the beginning of the 3rd month. It's actually only about 3 months until the winter planting! (not to get ahead of ourselves)

There are DOZENS  of cherry tomatoes coming.

These were sweet and delicious!

The lettuces are "bolting", which means that they are starting to flower and that flower will produce seeds that we can replant.

Mutant cucumber!
These tomatoes and lots more like them look like they are going to be soo good.

4# zucchini, before stuffing.

Green beans today, 7/5/12

Jalepeno "tree". We planted this in 2009, so this is the 4th year.
The garden is so much more than just growing food. It's a way of connecting to so many different people and things. There's an awareness that comes along with watching something grow from a tiny seed or plant. I am enjoying much more than I had even expected!