With only four days left before I leave Arizona, it was time to clean out the last of the little salad garden. I pulled or sheared off everything except the beets, and got my largest mixing bowl full of greens. It added 14 ounces to my total 2009 harvest, which does not include the weight of the beets. None of those roots were large enough to bother with, and the greens were really tough, so I left them for the wild rabbits to consume. All in all, this garden was a bust (compared to my northern garden)...but it gave me something to tend to through the winter, and my pet rabbit enjoyed it. It also paid for itself with baby greens being worth at least $3 for 5 ounces at our nearest grocery. If I garden here again, I will definitely spend more time amending the soil and probably just plant lettuce, mesclun and carrots, all of which did quite well.
The Tumbling Tom tomatoes (2/4) and the California Wonder 300 peppers (2/7) are growing like weeds. The peppers have their second set of true leaves now, and the tomatoes outgrew their pots again. The only thing I could find that would fit in the picnic cooler for the trip home, were 16-ounce styrofoam cups. I repotted all four tomato plants and four of the pepper plants before running out of potting soil. The rest of them will just have to wait until next week.