Artichoke Lover’s 2021 Garden.

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It is! The water level is lower in summer and there are plenty of swimming holes!
How wonderful! Swimming is one of my favourite parts of summer, along with gardening. I just love it. I have a very dreamy sense of your landscape because one of my favourite shows ever was filmed next door in Louisiana, and your landscape looks so similar. They talked about cypress trees, many of the native animals and there was a lot of outdoors filmed in that show. So beautiful and warm!
 

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Unless of course there are water mocassins in there....:hide
(Just saw your edit) There are but we’ve never seen one ourselves in the 8 or so years we’ve lived here. There is a population of some of the biggest king snakes I’ve ever seen. They do a lot to keep down the copper heads and water moccasins. Snakes like us about as much as we like them so they generally leave people alone unless we disturb them. When we go swimming we make a lot of noise getting in the water and avoid anything that looks like a snake hides hole like logs or low hanging branches in the water.
 

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Although I have to admit, I'm so desperate to start planting that even the sight of black dirt gets me excited.

Then I'll do this in your honor. I took this photo today, bean pods on my Cock 'n Bull bush beans.

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The muscadine cuttings I just stuck in the ground back in January are getting leaves to my surprise.
I had to google the word 'muscadine' because I've never heard of it. The descriptions sound wonderfully delicious, softer than grapes they say. Do you eat these raw, or do you preserve them in jams and jellies? Those scuppernongs (spelling?) descriptions sound pretty heavenly too.
 

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I had to google the word 'muscadine' because I've never heard of it. The descriptions sound wonderfully delicious, softer than grapes they say. Do you eat these raw, or do you preserve them in jams and jellies? Those scuppernongs (spelling?) descriptions sound pretty heavenly too.
I actually haven’t ever had one. I was getting blueberry cuttings from a friend and they offered me muscadine cuttings and well I’m not one to refuse free plants. Most people these days use them for jellies and similar because the seeds and skin are tough. Though the flavor is supposed to be unrivaled and they are much easier to grow in the deep south than bunch grapes.
 

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So far I’ve got the corn and the sunflowers planted. Tomorrow I’ll plant the bush beans, finish the pole bean trellis and hopefully get started on the hills for the squash. Today I’m hoping to finish the cucumber trellis and plant those.
 

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It’s been a busy week and it feels much longer than just one. The pole bean trellis isn’t finished I keep procrastinating on it. I did get the cucumber trellis finished and one of the tomato trellises. I planted sweet potatoes, basil, cucumbers, bush snaps, kidney beans, pinto beans, okra, 22 hills of summer squash, 12 hills of melons, 15 hills of winter squash, and 1/3 of the tomatoes. I also got some work done on the flower beds at the house. I’ve potted up runners off the blackberry bush and I’ll do the strawberries this week. The corn, summer squash, green beans, cucumbers and sunflowers are up already
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