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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
I think I'm done planting and replanting my garden. The finale was sweet potato starts--about 40 of them, some of which will never make it.
I got them from the thousands my SIL ordered for the farm. Unfortunately, they were wrapped in plastic, overheated in transit (UPS), many turning into black mush. Nate was livid and is trying to get the situation rectified. We'll see.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but we need rain!
Joan, that's a good list of veggy seeds. I'm glad you're still puttering around--and enjoying the fruits of your labors.
I usually spend about 2 hours a day puttering my garden--hilling potatoes, removing weeds, planting and replanting (rabbit or chipmunk uprooted a cantaloupe plant yest.), picking up pebbles, etc. The latter is never-ending since, as I've mentioned before, my garden is the site of a former barn. I'm now waiting for my replanted sweet corn to pop up. I'll soon be watering, too.
Did I mention how big my strawberries are? Golf ball size! I'm freezing them (and asparagus) today.
We have huge salads every night with lettuce, parsley, chives, cilantro, beet greens, spinach, and whatever is ready for the table.
The tomato plants tower over my head and seem loaded with blossoms; no fruit yet! The green beans climb up and over the inside of the geodesic dome and have flowers but no beans. I think the soil is too rich in nitrogen. I ordered a soil-test and don't have the results yet.
Cucs all died or didn't sprout; old seed.
There are now two toads in the greenhouse, and they greet me every morning as I putter away, scaring me half out of my wits. I like them in there, and hopefully, they will take care of the flies and mosquitos.
I need to get a mosquito spray; can anyone recommend a brand?
The three dog, Dominic, Zeek, and Spaz, accompany me to the greenhouse each morning and get a thorough brushing after I complete my chores. They have learned to wait for their turns. I have a bucket full of hair.
When I lived in Alaska, a friend gathered her Samoyed dogs' hair, had cloth woven and made a suit out of it. These dogs don't have long enough hair to weave.
Daniel, I am just getting the hang of greenhouse gardening. Some of the lettuce crops that I started in the home have grown their life-cycle, I think, and I can start some other seeds in the greenhouse that will mature before the first frosts... Beans, Contender, Kentucky Wonder, TopcropBeets, Detroit Dark RedCabbage, Premium Late Flat Dutch, Golden Acre, MichihiliCarrots: Little Finger, Scarlet NantesCorn: Peaches and Cream, Incredible, Sugar BunsCucumbers: Spacemaster 80, Muncher, Marketmore 76Herbs: basil, oregano, thyme and sage. Italian Basil, Greek Oregano, DillMelonsSuggested variety: Sugar Baby, Crimson Sweet, Hales BestPeasSuggested variety: Sugar Ann, Oregon GiantSummer SquashSuggested Varieties: Cocozelle, Waltham Butternut
Of course, a horse chestnut tree! I didn't have one in my yard in Spokane, but a neighbor did, and the squirrels planted many in my garden, which I quickly pulled out. It was too big for my little city lot and all the other things I grew.
I wonder if Laura and Larry would go along with having running ducks? They are so pretty, they have interesting behavior patterns, they eat slugs and they don't tear up vegetable gardens. I'll have to approach the topic gently.
Daniel, your yellow rose has a very nice shape and the bud can stand up to any other variety. Your alliums remind me of my home. That gives me a comforting feeling.
I like your decision to thin the buds to get bigger fruit.
I like those purple allium globes. Very attractive. The yellow rose is also.
Daniel, gardening is suppose to be enjoyable. So, yes, you might need to cut back on some things. I'll sit in a lawn chair to allow my lunch to digest, but before 5 minutes are gone, I see a job that "can't wait". That's no way to relax. Nice photos, by the way.
I planted two more rows of corn yesterday. I like to stagger plantings to lengthen the season. However, my earlier plantings are a total failure. The cold and wet spring has caused the seeds to rot, evidently.
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