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June 17, 2010 · admin · 12 Comments
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Turkeys

We have had a single female turkey wandering around our property lately.

Fun Fact: It turns out she made a nest in the orchard. I’ll see if I can get pictures of that soon.

May 12, 2014 · admin · No Comments
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Letting things slide: progress in cleaning up the garden

Here are a series of pictures showing my slow progress:

GGS A

GGS A

GGS D starting point

GGS D starting point

GGS E clearing the fronds

GGS E clearing the fronds

GGS F ground is cleared

GGS F ground is cleared

GGS G Bean Bay improvement

GGS G Bean Bay improvement

May 9, 2014 · admin · One Comment
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Spring Lettuce

Spring lettuce

Spring lettuce

May 8, 2014 · admin · 6 Comments
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Flower and sky

Red Runner Bean Flower

Red Runner Bean Flower

May 8, 2014 · admin · No Comments
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Letting things slide: The Good

Good things can come out of letting things slide, too. This is the volunteer tomato from last year. It survived the winter and now we have tomatoes in May!

Overwintered Tomato plant

Overwintered Tomato plant

Overwintered Tomato and entertwined nasturtium

Overwintered Tomato and entertwined nasturtium

Overwintered Tomatoes, all green

Overwintered Tomatoes, all green

Fun Fact: Probably not going to let things slide again. It’s an easy way to get an inquisitive puppy out of the garden, but it’s a PITA to clean up in Spring.

May 8, 2014 · admin · No Comments
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Letting things slide: The Bad

This is the Bean Bay at the back of the garden. Since I didn’t clean it up in Fall, it got a little… crowded.

Bean Bay Before

Bean Bay Before

But after a bit of work it’s mostly clear enough to give the perennial Red Runner beans a bit of breathing room.

Bean Bay After

Bean Bay After

Much better. Last year I dug up a few of the bean roots to see what the problem was — turns out, an overload of snails and roly-poly bugs were eating every sprout that came up — so I replaced them. Now the whole row is planted with Red Runner Beans. The hummingbirds love them and they’re lovely additions to dinner.

Bean Bay

Bean Bay

Fun Fact: I’ve stopped adding mulch to my garden. It harbors slugs, snails and roly-poly bugs. They make quite a menacing army.

May 8, 2014 · admin · No Comments
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The first GGSs of the year

Here are two Garden Glamour Shots, two hours’ work apart.

Garden Glamour Shot "before" Garden Glamour Shot "after"

Fun Fact: You can’t see the difference much, but there’s two zucchinis and 8 lettuce planted in the cleared spaces.

April 19, 2014 · admin · No Comments
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Letting things slide: the ugly

This is fennel, impacted into a cinderblock hole. It’s what happens when you let things slide for two years.

Impacted fennel stalks

Impacted fennel stalks

I could not pull it out of the cinderblock, and I wasn’t about to let it keep growing. So the cinderblock itself had to go.

Cracking out the cinderblock

Cracking out the cinderblock

Here you can see one of the (weirdly flattened) roots which snaked out from the fennel and through the two layers of cinderblocks. This was just one of the roots that anchored the fennel, making it impossible to pull

Taproot out into the main garden bed

Taproot out into the main garden bed

And here it is, cinderblock destroyed and fennel cut down below the crown. The “crown” of a plant is the demarcation between the stuff that grows above ground and the roots. It’s pretty sure that cutting a plant to below the crown keeps it from coming back. Though some do root from roots alone. But not fennel, I hope!

Fennel cut down to below its crown

Fennel cut down to below its crown

I’ll let it sit out and exposed for a few days, then put in a new block, soil, and plant. And it WILL NOT be fennel.

Fun Fact: Fennel comes in two forms. One gives you delicious bulbs, one gives you seeds that self-seed and bugs like aphids, mealybugs and other nasties. KNOW WHICH ONE YOU’RE PLANTING or you’ll be sorry… like me.

April 16, 2014 · admin · One Comment
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Ladybugs!

Here are the new ladybugs for this year. They’re new — look how small, the fennel flowers look ginormous in comparison.

Fun Fact: Ladybugs are fiercest when young; the little crocodile-like larvae are voracious.

April 9, 2014 · admin · One Comment
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Magnificent Monster of a Potting Bench

We spent the last three weeks putting this together. Isn’t it fantastic?

Potting Bench

Potting Bench

There is one great big wash basin (soon to be plumbed), two spaces for plastic drop-in tubs in the middle, and the far-right side is three sides of plywood: all the better to dump soil onto.

The 2×4 across the top will be for hanging handtools and watering wands. As soon as everything else that needs to be done is done, I’ll get around to slamming those nails in.

Okay, it was mostly my husband moving and cutting wood, and me pointing and gesturing, but I’m still taking credit for at least a quarter of this magnificent beast.

Fun Fact: We used an entire pound of galvanized screws on the bench, and I still have all my nails!

April 9, 2014 · admin · No Comments
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