I am so excited about my new seedlings. They keep popping up and the weather has been perfect ever since the time I planted them ten days ago. It was quite hot when I planted the fall/winter garden which was optimal for germination and then as soon as they germinated it cooled down. I have had enough rain water in the various containers I use to collect it, for all the watering thus far.
I only planted three of my four square boxes because I thought I'd save one for when I thin the plants in the other boxes. I usually don't thin lettuce until it's big enough for baby greens in salads. I can get a number of salads from the baby greens I lift out and I keep doing that until I am down to the plants which have adequate space to grow through to maturity. I am mostly thinning the spinach and radishes. I have some volunteer fennel, kale, carrots and cilantro to confuse matters. That's one thing about my haphazard style of gardening, I let plants go to seed and then it's decision time when unexpected volunteers start peeking up where something else is planted. That's OK. I still have my rectangular boxes which also have lids for the winter. I can transplant the volunteers I want to keep into those boxes. I may end up with a bigger winter garden than I planned on but there's nothing wrong with that.
When I was checking on my garden I glanced over to my deck and noticed that my bedroom isn't quite as private as I think of it as being. The french door which looks out on my deck is great because I can watch the birds. This time of year with all the leaves on the vines, it seems very private to me as I can barely see my garden. I do have a curtain I can close for privacy which I do at night but I have thought about how it's not really necessary. Looking down from my garden and seeing my bedroom lamp shining out through the french door made me realize I probably should keep shutting the curtain. Wouldn't want to scare the animals that run around in my garden.