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Seed Season

Spring has sprung here at 3675! El Niño is trickling out and giving way to warm days drawn out in the comfort of daylight savings time. All over our yard, roses, lilies, and irises are making appearances, and the offerings at our local produce stand signal we’d better get to planting or risk our reputation as the most productive yard on the block…

So!

This weekend we packed it off to Pollinate to stock up on the ingredients for a California spring harvest, now neatly planted and germinating in the warm sun of our westward-facing kitchen bay window.

Bring it on! Spring 2016 plantings.

Bring it on! Spring 2016 plantings.

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Garden Update: August

You may have noticed I’ve been light on the garden updates so far this summer (or you may have not – I won’t be offended).

That’s because my garden feels like it overdosed on NyQuil. Even though we planted in April, we’re STILL waiting for most of our veggies to appear. 2015 has been the wackiest season yet in a series of historically wacky seasons (as you’ve all read or seen on the news, I’m sure, if you aren’t experiencing it yourselves). Our spring was wet (!) and overcast, our summer gray and sunless… Now all of a sudden it’s hot and humid.

The winner of the season so far has been spinach:

Our bumper crop of backyard spinach.

Our bumper crop of backyard spinach.

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Seed Update: May

It’s May here in the Bay Area (well, okay – it’s May everywhere, yes; I know), and it feels more like… I don’t know? Sometimes August, sometimes December? Climate change – who can tell. Our fig tree seems to think it’s September, that’s for sure.

No one can deny, though, that we’re definitely still in a drought. And yet! Thanks to the contents of our trusty rain barrel, we’ve managed to have great luck on our vegetables so far this season.

All our babies in our planter beds are killin’ it, but the real fun has been watching the copious amount of seeds we cleared out of our kitchen seed bank take off.

Here’s a quick seed status report…

Most of our little starts have now graduated to the outdoors; a few of the overachievers have already gone to new homes.

Most of our little starts have now graduated to the outdoors; a few of the overachievers have already gone to new homes.

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Meet the Veggies

Grow your own food!

Grow your own food!

It’s planting season at 3675!

With two brand-spanking-new 6′ x 3′ beds and a WHOLE lotta big empty pots as our canvases, Team Temple went a little vegetable crazy this past weekend.

After putzing around the house all day Saturday and getting the yard into tip-top shape, we made an early morning dog park run on Sunday, then hit up our neighborhood seed bank/urban farming storehouse.

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Nothllog

This past Saturday morning, instead of fretting and sweating over the EFHIP – WHICH IS STILL NOT FINISHED, MIND YOU – Trent and I decided to do something more enjoyable:

This!

This!

We picked and ate the first tomato from our GIGANTIC black truffle heirloom plant, that’s currently completely taking over the west side of our yard. Continue reading

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