I haven’t posted in awhile for a few reasons:
1. I’ve been going through some transitions in my own life (i.e. graduating).
2. There’s been a bit of a lull while waiting for seedlings to sprout.
3. I’ve gotten into the habit of forgetting to take pictures, which I think are the most important part of my documentation.
Anyway. I’ve planted a slew of new seedlings, some of which came from seeds that I planted at home, and others that I bought at the San Agustin farmer’s market. A neighboring plot-owner offered me a few seedlings earlier in the season, but all but the basil died. I believe that their roots were not planted deeply enough, so I’m being careful to plant my seedlings slightly deeper. I’ve also begun putting a heavy layer of alfalfa over smaller plants to keep water in the soil and prevent it from getting too warm.
On a slightly more disappointing side, I found what I believe are whiteflies on my kale plants. Most leaves had a few or no flies, but some were home to a healthy-sized colony (pictured). This was disappointing and, quite frankly, grossed me out. I think that I have allowed the kale to grow too densely and created an ideal environment for bugs to inhabit. So I thinned the kale and plan to try a vinegar-water spray next time I’m at the garden- just to see if I have any luck. Of course this is all part of learning how to be a better gardener, but it’s still frustrating and I feel a bit embarrassed.