Archive for June, 2009

Plantings – 06/17/2009

Marigolds “Janine Tangerine”, 4 bedding packs

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Lessons about gardening, #1

The lettuce will come up. Or if it doesn’t, you’ll know within a week and will have time to reseed. It’s not necessary to seed it heavily, and doing so will just mean more work thinning. Same goes for the spinach.

I thinned out some of my lettuce, spinach, and beets. Already the thinnings are more than I can eat in a day. It looks really tasty, though, and I’m excited to have food that I grew myself. It’s really a great feeling.

Today I built a teepee for my peas to grow on – a bit late, since they were starting to latch onto each other, but I think they’ll be ok. I put cages around the tomatoes, too.

Something was in my garden and pulled up a guide-string for my pathway. I also noticed that one of my broccoli plants got broken off. It’s got one leaf left, so hopefully it will survive. My best guess is that someone threw a ball over the fence or something similar.

I’d been feeling bad about the bindweed creeping up the fence and into the less-tended parts of the garden, but when I took a walk today I noticed that most of the bindweeds in the area are in full bloom. So far it seems like I’ve delayed that part anyhow. *knock on wood*

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And the thinning begins

Actually, it should have begun a little while ago, but planting’s been my top priority. Yesterday I thinned the beans and radishes. The baby radishes were decently spicy, probably because we had a stretch of hot dry weather, even though I watered them pretty much every day.

Today I thinned the zucchini, cucumbers, and broccoli. Plus I weeded, of course.

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Plantings – 06/10/2009

Onions, Yellow, from sets – 1 row

Carrots “Little Finger”, Ed Hume Seeds – 1 row

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Plantings – 06/08/2009

Beans “Tricolor Mix (Bush)”, Ed Hume Seeds – 2 rows

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

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

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Growing like crazy

We’ve had a spell of unseasonably warm weather here – in the 80s – so everything has been popping up practically the moment I put it in the ground. Everything I’ve planted from the first round is up except the parsnips and maybe the carrots (it’s too soon to tell if the sprouts in the carrot row are carrots or weeds.) The second plantings of lettuce and spinach are just coming up, too. It’s cooled off now, so hopefully it will be nice growing weather for a while.

I’m hoping to get some thinning done on the larger seedlings in the next week or so. I think I’ll get a salad’s worth of baby greens.

My tomatoes and peppers are growing nicely – a couple of the peppers even have flowers. Some of the potatoes are growing while others are turning yellow, so I’m not sure what’s going on there. I think I might have overwatered them, so I’m going to just let them be for a couple days.

Unfortunately, the bindweed’s growing like crazy too. I did learn that the previous gardener had rototilled every year – no wonder it was so badly infested! That gives me hope of being able to keep it at bay now that I’ve gotten the worst of it out.

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Plantings – 06/01/2009

Spinach “Olympia Hybrid”, Ed Hume Seeds – 2 rows

Lettuce “Red Sails”, Ed Hume Seeds – 1 row

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