Since there isn't much going on in the Indiana garden right now, I'll provide an update on my California garden. Yes, I call it my garden now, instead of my mom's garden.
Last time I was in CA, I weeded the whole side garden and added some more soil/compost. I also put down some 12 inch paver stones so that I could walk across them and reach the back part of the garden, because it was almost impossible to reach the part of the garden against the wall without breaking my back while kneeling/squatting on the concrete side path.
This is what the finished garden looked like. After my aggressive weeding, the only thing left in the garden was the cut-and-come-again lettuce mix.
Side profile of the new and improved garden
This side garden is approximately 4 feet wide by 24 feet long. After I finished preparing the garden, I planted it with all kinds of seeds for cool-weather crops: radishes, sugar snap peas, cilantro, parsley, carrots, parsnip, kale, bok choy, tatsoi, mustard, swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, etc. According to my CA peeps, the garden has fully germinated and is now full of lots of healthy two-week-old seedlings.
Cherry Belle radish seedlings
Daikon radish seedling
The seedling pictures - taken with an iPhone camera - are courtesy of my sister, whom I've been bugging to email me some picture updates of my garden babies.
Sugar snap pea seedlings
I'll be visiting CA again in a few weeks and will provide more updates then. It's really exciting to have a "new" fall garden to look forward to, while my Indiana garden (a bust this fall anyway due to all kinds of evil garden pests) is hunkering down for the winter. We're expecting our first frost tonight in Indiana. In contrast, I think the average daytime highs in my California garden will remain around 60 - 70 F degrees for most of the winter, with the nighttime lows around 40 - 50 F degrees. As a new vegetable gardener, I totally have a newfound appreciation for the mild climate in Southern California!