Archive for May, 2009

More sprouts and the ongoing bindweed battle

More sprouts up in the garden today. Peas have been poking through for a few days now, and they’re mostly up. Broccoli and radishes have just a tiny bit of green showing now. I checked on the seeds twice today and I swear I could see that much more growth in just a couple hours. Seeds are awesome.

One of the downsides of my garden is that it’s infested with bindweed. We rent our house, and before we moved in it was empty for the summer – which meant that all of the weeds, including the bindweed, grew out of control and went to seed. I’ve pulled up all the plants and roots I can find, but the bindweed is growing up in the hedge on the other side of the fence – and it’s a locked play area, so I can’t get in unless I ask. I’m doing my best to pull everything I can reach from my side, but it feels like a losing battle a lot of the time.


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My first baby seedlings were popping up today! Definitely the lettuce and the arugula, and possibly some of the spinach too. I’m really surprised, I was expecting them to take a week at least to pop up, but today was only the third day for the arugula and the fifth for the lettuce and spinach. I suppose it helps that it’s been really nice and warm (highs around 70, lows around 50) the last few days. I’m so excited to see things grow!

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Plantings – 05/23/2009

Cucumbers “Tendergreen” Burpless, Ed Hume Seeds – 1 hill

Broccoli “Waltham 29”, Ed Hume Seeds – 3 locations

Zucchini “Black Beauty” Bush, Organic Seed, Ed Hume Seeds – 1 hill

Beets “Red Ace Hybrid”, Ed Hume Seeds – 1 row

Radishes “French Breakfast”, Ed Hume Seeds – 1 row

Onions, Yellow, from sets – 2 rows

Carrots “Little Finger”, Ed Hume Seeds – 2 rows

Parsnips “Andover”, Ed Hume Seeds – 1 row

That’s it for the first planting of vegetables! I still have herbs and flowers left to plant.

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Plantings – 05/22/2009

California Poppies “Mission Bells”, Lake Valley Seeds – rest of the wide row along the fence

Potatoes, unknown variety, volunteers – dug up and replanted in a dedicated bed

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Plantings – 05/21/2009

Tomato “Early Girl” – one 4″ pot

Tomato “Oregon Spring” – one 4″ pot

Tomato “Viva Italia” – one 4″ pot

California Poppies “Mission Bells”, Lake Valley Seeds – part of 1 wide row along fence

Pepper “Golden Bell” – one gallon pot

Pepper “Jalapeno” – one gallon pot

Pepper “Carmen” – one gallon pot

Pepper “Mandarin (TMV)” – one gallon pot

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Plantings – 05/20/2009

Arugula (Rocket) “Astro”, Ed Hume Seeds – 2 rows

Peas “Sugar Snap Pole”, Ed Hume Seeds – 3 rows

Beans “Tricolor Mix” (Bush), Ed Hume Seeds – 2 rows (1 row Blue Lake Bush, 1/2 row each Yellow Wax and Purple/Burgundy)

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Plantings – 05/18/2009

Snapdragons “Rocket White”, 12 plants from bedding packs (quite root-bound, sadly)

Spinach “Olympia Hybrid”, Ed Hume Seeds – 3 rows

Lettuce “Salad Bowl”, Ed Hume Seeds – 2 rows

Lettuce “Red Sails”, Ed Hume Seeds – 2 rows

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