I had plans to plant the large Plot Against Hunger this weekend, but it rained into early afternoon, so my volunteers and I did other things. Once it had cleared I went to the garden and cleaned my flower borders of weeds and added a bit of seed. Jane had planted five tomatoes in the small Plot garden, which also has some herbs. I will be getting four more Juliets grown by students at Episcopal High School tomorrow and will likely plant them expeditiously. Someone from the garden left me a boatload of pepper seedlings. Not sure what kind. I planted them today, so the small garden will be all tomatoes and peppers this year.
It isn’t really important to plant the large garden yet. It is still early to plant summer crops. In fact, I decided not to put my seeds in today after talking with another gardener. Next week or early May will be fine.
I pulled some radishes this week, and had one of them in a salad tonight.
My greens were still lovely and I have some more coming on. I hope to have some hefty salads for lunch this week.
I also got arugula as I expected and was very pleased with my seed choice. It is peppery and nutty, spicy, lovely stuff. Last year, I got some seed that produced bland, almost tasteless arugula. I remember something on the packet should have warned me, but didn’t. It was the salad equivalent of Tilapia. It made me reflect on what I can only think of as the infantilization of the American palate. I like a good strong salad with a bit of bitterness in it. I have to grow it myself, because all that’s available is bland baby greens. And don’t get me started on tomatoes.
I also had some lovely herbs. Lots of fresh oregano, cilantro, mint, and lemon balm. The lemon balm is already tea, which I will drink iced. The mint may become tea as well. Undoubtedly, the oregano will wind up in pasta. I hope you have a lovely Sunday and a very good week.