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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
OH! this site is so much fun to read. I live vicariously through all your work descriptions and photos.
I am a slug. Just a dud. I get out of my chair for a glass of water or a cup of coffee and return to the seated or horizontal position. The weeds bloom without interruption and the basic structure of the design continues to show through. Lazy! No other word for my non-doing. I just don't want to do anything.
Given that reality, I walk in my jungle grateful for the fine soil, vigorous plants, busy Lady Bugs, green Lace Wings tickle my brow, and ants go about their business undisturbed.
By agreement, Cary doesn't weed the back yard; he creates and tends the front yard. Neighbors marvel at his industry and beauty of his design.
It's all right, Daniel, mopping with the neighbours is a good social get-together. My tomato seedlings drowned, the tayberry grows like mad and the hollyhocks start to bloom before long. I couldn't do much in my garden because we had a double helping of colds followed by flu, but there will be time. I'm always happy with your pictures: at last I found out that favas are the same as horsebeans or tuinbonen!
I've just mopped the storage in the cellar. Yesterday a big thunderstorm with heavy rainfall - over 20 cm. Much rain trouble in this area because the water didn't drain away soon enough, and a lot of water went over the threshold to the cellars. All the neifgbours came down and mopped together.
My prayers have been answered! Just kidding. But we did get 1.3" of rain yesterday Yippee! The day before, I planted 44 sweet potato starts. I'll lose a few (or more), so let's say 3 dozen should suffice. With the rain, they might all survive.
Boy, do we need rain. It's been feast or famine this year. My downspout water containers are nearly emply already. Strawberry plants are withering, berries small. Asparagus has slowed way down.
I planted popcorn seeds yesterday, my final seeding. Sweet potatoes starts should come in this week. That'll be all that's left to plant. Then, sit back and wait--except for the neverending weeding.
I actually ate a tomato already this year, albeit from my SIL's greenhouse! I also have blooms on my own plants.
I've had to replant corn, beans, and peas. The cold, wet spell we had wouldn't permit germination, and the seeds rotted (I'm guessing). Disappointing. I must be patient.
Daniel, I've not tried roasting okra. I'll try that next time.
Too bad you had to quit posting about bees. It's amazing and sad how many people believe conspiracy theories.
Hope your tooth is better Plinius.
It sounds like you get quite a bit out of your small garden. I don't think I've eaten a tayberry, but it sounds delicious.
Sorry I didn't answer, Spud! I've on antibiotics for a tooth problem, and the medicine made me completely brainless...
My garden looks rather good - not that I could spend a lot of time on it - but the perennial plants grow like mad. Some are thinking of invading the neighbours. I'm looking forward to the tayberry harvest, and in the meantime I sowed and planted beets, chards, lettuce, tomatoes and flowers for the salad. I already harvested rosemary and mint and I think I found some leeks. The cats harvest only grass...
Heard on NPR today that 28% of American honeybees died off this past winter. 17% or less is what's considered by scientists to be sustainable.
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