After 6 weeks of letting weeds (amaranth and purselane) grow to build soil and strengthen the beds, it was time to harvest them and make room for new plants. The weeds are cut with scissors and the roots are left in the beds so as to not disturb the soil, as well as leave organic matter in the beds.
In 4 hours we harvested 150lbs of perfect food...
...but most of it went to the compost pile for lack of takers. Bobbe took purselane home and made Pesto with basil, cilantro and garlic (recipe here).
Juaquin had brought several varieties of lettuce
and showed everyone how to properly transplant them.
All the kids joyfully helped planting,
and harvested radishes for dinner.
Our eggplants are growing,
and so is the Love between the gardeners.
Poki using a "fogger" to water young seedlings.
and telling Valerie how to cook purselane with scrambled eggs and chiles.
Dan having a little salt with his lettuce.
What a wonderful afternoon we all had! Five new visitors came; Bobbe, Alexanna, Piper, Andy and his child. With the kids, we had a total of 13 gardeners this afternoon.
Juaquin is magnificent with kids. He's engaging, patient and makes gardening fun for the children. If you have young children or teenagers, bring them with you to our next garden party:
Saturday, August 20
We'll be planting more lettuce and kale, as well as transplanting herbs.