About six weeks ago, I noticed the small but fairly tenacious patch of sunlight under our massive Aleppo pine in the backyard, and thought, "We need a kitchen garden." Someone in the fairly distant past had thought the same thing, as there was a long raised bed there, but it has lain dormant for at least the past eight years. David made another, smaller bed in the brighter patch of sunlight, with spare lumber (!) from the garage, and I bought rather a lot of seeds and two four-inch tomato plants, and got to work.
It had been very weedy, I confess, but I pulled everything out, double-dug with soil amendments, watered thoroughly, and weeded again the next weekend, and then after I spent some time with a few library books and a piece of graph paper, plotting out the best arrangements, the girls helped me to plant the seeds. They were very excited about this, and stuck with it quite a long time, nearly to the end of planting! They are also fascinated now to see the different things growing, especially the tomatoes, which they are already eager to taste.
This is my first experiment in kitchen gardening, and so I'm not quite sure what will do well in our particular backyard -- but we are trying for this season some little French radishes (which we are not really sure about eating, but were gratifyingly fast to sprout!), carrots, basil, purple sweet peppers, cilantro and Italian parsley, sorrel, nasturtiums (for their beneficial properties in the garden), scallions, "Sweet Million" and "Carmelo" tomatoes, and the lettuce and mesclun blends in the photograph.
The lettuces -- a lovely blend of greens for Project Spectrum, too! -- are almost ready to pick!