The whole world has a rhythm. The rains fall in the summer. The desert turns green. Now in January, the desert is drying, turning yellow. In March we'll feel the wet fogs roll in off the Pacific and we'll see the white Plumeria blooming in the desert, along with the yellow Palo Verde and the Mezquite.
Food used to be a part of that rhythm. In the US, every household would plant in the spring after the snow thawed. Spinach and lettuce would be the first to harvest. Winter squashes and pumpkins wouldn't be ready until fall.
Here in Baja, the return of longer days marks planting time, so most people started to plant in January. Other cultivars, that aren't sensitive to the shortening days, were able to be planted in September as well.
These days we are very cut off from that essential rhythm. We have food imported from all over the world so that we can eat our favorites whenever we want them!
Here's a quiz to see if you can guess how many days of sunlight and water go into your vegetables!
- Baby Lettuce
- A full head of lettuce
- Green beans
- Spaghetti squash
- Green onion
Write down your answers (in days) on a piece of paper and then scroll down. A month would be 30 days, two months are 60...
- Spinach 45 days
- Zucchini 55 days
- Baby Lettuce 30 days
- A full head of lettuce 50 days
- Green beans 60 days
- Carrots 60-70 days
- Tomatoes 120 days (that's four months!)
- Spaghetti squash 90 days
- Onion 120 days
- Green onion 50 days
How did you do? It takes quite some time and accurate planning for crops to mature and provide a steady supply of produce!