The growing season is fully upon us in the city by the Bay, and it’s been, dare I say, hot here with temperatures in the 70s! Our spring planting is complete, our summer crops are going in, and we’re having a lot of fun now that the hard, wake up at 5:45am work is done. One of the most exciting things for me this season is that we’re trying to grow grain in SF. Over the winter we started cereal rye and triticale, and now those are both almost ready! Since we had no clue what happens with grains, I actually thought our rye was never going to grow, as it was a measly 6-12 inches tall in the beginning of spring. Some wise folks told me they would grow, and grow they did! The rye is now taller than me, perhaps up to 7 feet tall! And they’ve got grain heads. We’re getting excited about the prospect of making some bread from grains grown in our own backyard! Check it out:
In other exciting news, the grains we planted back in April are growing fast and already sending up grain heads as well.
Our one healthy brussel sprout plant from the winter is also creating those tiny cabbage heads at the stem joints!
After actually heeding the instructions that came with them, I created some shade for our tree collards, and they exploded. In just a mere couple of months, they’ve grown about two feet and sent out gigantic, rich leaves like this:
Pretty fun stuff. After many months of planning, seed starting, soil preparation, and transplanting, here’s our garden now: