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Sunflowers blooming, asparagus beans starting to climb

15 Sep 2012
Sunny 32°C / 90°F

So hot here I had to remove panels from my roof, and spread a tarp for partial shade. But the sunflowers are blooming, and the sweet potatoes are (mostly) doing well, except where they got too much heat. Asparagus beans are beginning to climb the sunflowers, which I was worried about, since the stalks are covered with bristly fuzz and might not let the vines cling, despite what I’ve heard. In places where crickets got the sunflower sprouts I have placed bamboo poles and these will serve as a control.

edit: One day later, the beans have finally got the memo and are starting to wrap around their supports.

In other news, I seem to be on the short list to lead a team of gardeners on an allotment in a new community garden in Hermosa Beach. The church is getting a portion free because the plan is to donate the produce to feeding the homeless in some of our already established programs. And a friend of mine is considering offering me some unused backyard in the same area for a test plot of my own. The catch is that this coastal climate has issues with the usual run of veggies- the seasons are strange: Jan-March cool weather above freezing, 50-70, sunshine. April-May, warm 70-80 and sunny. May-June overcast and cooler, 60-70. July- September increasingly warm and sunny, with occasional periods up to 80 and rarely 90. October -December normally cool, sometimes torrential rains, sometimes warm spells to 80 degrees.


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Awesome that you will get to expand your growing! Good luck with the climate.

Posted on 16 Sep 12 (over 6 years ago)

best wishes for your new ‘gardening adventure’!

Posted on 17 Sep 12 (over 6 years ago)

Thanks fw. Any news about new digs for you? I notice that you have not posted progress for quite a while.

Posted on 17 Sep 12 (over 6 years ago)

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