Everyone is talking about vertical gardening. Here is my contribution to that effort. I'm growing greens in pots because I don't have horizontal gardening space that I want to dedicate to lowly greens.
The rains may have ended last night for the near term, and quite possibly until the fall. We got 1.35" in 8 hours overnight, most of it between 3 and 3:30 a.m. if the thunderous sound of the rain hitting my roof was any indication. San Francisco is now in the high 80something percent of normal for the year.
Everyone is happy to have rain!
But the big news today is, I moved the compost bin. It was a decision I've been coming to for awhile.
The compost bin is sitting a little crooked, and it's high on the ground because of established root crowns that I wouldn't disturb. That's not great, but I think it's acceptable. The dark area under the stairs was underutilized, and unusably dark and shady. I just didn't feel like there was anything I wanted to plant there besides groundcovers from the redwood forest, like Asarum caudatum and Oxalis oregana. Fine plants for shade, but I have them as filler elsewhere and didn't need to have an expanse of either/both under the deck stairs.
By opening the ground where the compost bin was, I also gained more planting space. Plants being what this whole gardening thing is all about for me, I consider this move a good idea. I hate to make changes in the garden this late in the rainy season, especially changes that involve new plantings. But sometimes you have to act on other considerations. Besides, I had some energy to burn today after watching this morning's dreary debates on gay marriage in the California Supreme Court. Might as well be productive.
I also discovered that I have some luxurious, primo compost to spread around, just in time for vegetable season. Shoveling all the compost out of the bin and moving it around was good too, for aeration.
So, what am I going to plant in my newly opened bed? Stay tuned...