January. We've been puttering in the garden, planting seeds.
Although it really is easy to grow most plants in sunny Los Angeles, it can be a challenge to get them started from seed. Partly because it's hard to know what season it is, really. It's sunny and 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit most days (around 10-15 Celsius). So even though it's technically Winter, the plants mostly think it's Spring...I think. All that advice on seed packets about "after the last frost" means...now? We can plant now? Always?
Despite the confusion, it's been a fun project, watching the seedlings sprout up and take shape, figuring out what they need to thrive. So far we can say that lettuce greens and herbs are happy to be here in January—cucumbers, not so much. We're experimenting with different conditions, asking advice, and watching a lot of YouTube videos. We're learning as we go.
At the same time as our vegetable garden gets underway, we're planting a seed of a different variety. Something that might take years to grow, but we expect big things from it.
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