Anyway, several weeks later and the plants are really coming along. The salad bowl (the bed on the right) is thriving and looking like a fresh salad may be on the menu for this weekend. (Yippee! We just got a new grill so I think maybe some grilled shrimp over some beautiful, fresh arugula.)
I'll plant some seeds in rows between the plants this weekend to replace what's already in the ground as it is harvested. My experience with the arugula is that it will come back for a second round toward the end of the summer, but to keep it available all season, I'll keep reseeding.
I noticed that bugs were snacking on the leaves of the greens so I sprayed them with some organic insecticide this weekend and will continue to do so regularly for the rest of the growing season. Other than that, the soil was prepared well enough that I won't do any further fertilizing. Just weed and water, which it looks like mother nature will take care of this year.
Summer is such good eating. If you have never had the divine pleasure of cutting vegetables for dinner and eating them within minutes of separating them from their roots, do yourself a grand favor and plant something, anything - lettuce in a pot on the deck, some tomatoes on the terrace and taste the sort of freshness that we just don't get the opportunity to savor with supermarket produce. It's like the difference between rhinestones and diamonds.