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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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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Sprouts!

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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