Posted by: soniahs | February 6, 2013

Mulberries and turnips

Since the new semester began, we’ve been having some theft from the community garden. It’s pretty disheartening to grow vegetables and wait patiently until they’re almost ripe, only to have them stolen. At any rate, security cameras have been installed, and two of the culprits have been photographed loading up bags of produce (including one of my turnips! who steals a turnip?). I suspect those photos are on their way to the campus police. Other anti-theft measures have also been installed- I probably shouldn’t say what, except that motion sensors are involved…

Things looking good in the garden.

Things looking good in the garden.

At any rate, we’ve done some harvesting of vegetables this week. On Tuesday, we picked assorted herbs, a fennel bulb, and some not-collards. Today, I collected some turnips and pulled up one of the last remaining misome plants, which was just beginning to bloom. More misome seedlings are in the ground, though.

Flowering misome.

Flowering misome.

Most of the seedlings that we planted recently seem to be doing fine. Interestingly, the read-leaf lettuce, which stayed green when sprouting on the patio, is now turning red. A neat example of sun-protective pigments!

lettuce

Pak choi seedlings are in the foreground, with lettuce behind them.

The beets all seem to be doing well, which is nice to see. It’ll be nice to get some more root vegetables after the turnips are gone.

Beet seedling.

Beet seedling.

The fennel all seems really happy too- it looks like some of the really small transplants did take, and are now sprouting up.

Sprouting baby fennel- very cute!

Sprouting baby fennel- very cute!

The new carrots are still growing strong, and the transplanted chives seem to be much happier here than rootbound in the pot on our patio.

Carrots, and the ever-present not-collards.

Carrots, and the ever-present not-collards.

I saw quite a few birds today- some of which are probably feeding on the mulberries, which are now going quite well. A palm warbler hopped around to different perches scolding me, but eventually flew off to menace another warbler and some savannah sparrows. There were also cardinals, catbirds, a red-bellied woodpecker, red-shouldered hawk, mourning dove, a titmouse, and of course robins. I keep planning to just loiter in the garden a while with my binoculars to watch the birds, but never seem to do so.

Mulberry flowers and unripe berries.

Mulberry flowers and unripe berries.

Finally, here’s a look at today’s turnip harvest. I’ve just used most of the leaves to make a Asian-style pickle. Hopefully it turns out well.

More turnips.

More turnips.

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