Seedles in the Little Organic Garden

Package of Seedles

Thyme Bombs! Get it? T-I-M-E bombs?

Alright, I may be the only one who enjoys a good pun. Me and the people who make Seedles, a really cool and easy way to garden. Seedles are composed of little colorful balls of compost, seeds and clay. You just throw them down, water them and let nature do its thing. Actually, you can just throw them and grow them, as nature will provide the water when it rains. (unless, like me you live in California, where we are experiencing a record drought) The wildflower seeds are all native, non-GMO certified seeds.

But even more important, the mission of Seedles is as follows:

 

We aim to inspire kids to grow one billion wildflowers to bring back the bees and ensure a sustainable food system for their future.

 

Although I am writing about the Thyme Bombs, Seedles also sell Wildflower Seedles and California Poppy Seedles.

Cece in the Little Organic Garden

Occasionally I post about my little organic garden, usually through photographs. The picture above shows my garden today, and is a combination of a summer garden and winter garden. We’ll call it a transitional garden. There are collard greens, Tuscan kale, boysenberries, lemongrass, kabocha squash, arugula, cucumbers, tarragon, shishito peppers, habanero peppers, jalapeno peppers, sorrel, garlic chives and rosemary. Some plants grow really well. Some plants I kill.

I learn as I go. . . or grow, should I say.

Seedles

In another planting bed where I grow a few herbs I have a large bare spot of dirt. At one time there were a couple of kinds of basil there, but I killed it. What better place for me to spread the Thyme Bombs?

Seedles

I placed those little colorful balls on the dirt, amongst a bunch of oak leaves from my tree. I watered the area, and will wait and see what happens.

Within moments the Seedles had a new fan in the garden. And the roly poly liked them too.

Seedles with a Roly Poly Hitchhiker

 

 

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Winter Vegetable Garden Photography Series, Part 1

Yes, I am at it again.  After a small (very small) success with my first ever summer garden, I have planted a lovely, little winter garden.

 

Not very ambitious, just some lettuces and one row of beets.

 

I do not like beets. Nope, do not like them at all. But both my mother and my daughter love them, so for them I planted beets. I will harvest them with love, cook them with love and serve them with love! And they better eat them. . . whether they love them or not!

 

Luckily we all love salad, so I planted Romaine, Bibb and Red Oak Leaf lettuce.  Though it appears that something has already been nibbling on my romaine.  Good thing I have Cece the garden watch cat!

 

 

No rabbits or gophers allowed!

 

Summer Vegetable Garden Photography Series, Part 1

Actually, part 1 may be the only part of the series. We’ll see.

Anyhoo, I planted a garden in my backyard, which has never had a garden in it before. One of the reasons for this is that my backyard is almost completely shaded by huge ancient oak trees, that are at least a hundred years old. Probably closer to two hundred. And protected by the City of Pasadena, which means they will not be cut down, ever. And I would not want them to be, because they are so beautiful. So full of life, from dozens of species of spiders (ugh) to multiple types of birds and feisty squirrels that fuss at the cats when they come outside.

The other reason is that my backyard also has many, many huge boulders, left over from the glacier that made the Pasadena arroyo thousands of years ago.  Boulders and shade made for a cool looking backyard, but not real hospitable to a garden.

There was one corner of the yard that got a decent amount of sun, but my father had put his shed there.  My dad has been gone for many years now, and when I moved back in with my mom I realized the shed wasn’t doing anything but giving shelter to many of those spider species found in the yard. Including black widows. Eeeeeeek!

With the shed gone, I finally decided it was time to try to grow a garden.  I got organic vegetable food, compost and soil. I bought zucchini, cucumber, honeydew melon and watermelon plants.  I would have gotten more, but my little garden only measures about 6 feet by 6 feet.  For a starter garden, that’s big enough. And I still did not know if I would actually get enough sun to nurture my plants.

As it turns out, that little spot is perfect for the garden.  There is enough sun, and the partial shading protects the plants from the harsh summer sun we have here in Southern California.

 

My first cucumber! It’s only about 4 inches, but growing fast!

 

Pretty cucumber flowers, soon to turn into cucumbers.

See the baby cucumbers under the flowers? So cute! (yes, I am a city gal yearning to be a country gal, which is why I describe a cucumber as cute)

 

Check out this bad boy. All nubby and prickly. . . sounds like someone I know.

My zucchini plants are loaded with flowers, soon to be an overabundance of squash. Zucchini bread, zucchini cake, pickled zucchini, quiche with zucchini. . . wonder if I can make a zucchini cocktail?

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