Phaedra's Garden 2022

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I guess you believe in a raw food diet for your quails, too!! :lol:
How are you holding up in this heat!!
TWC, here, has been reporting on the record highs.
We Hate our extreme weather in North America, but we expect it. On the NW coast most people don't have AC, and they have suffered through a couple of years of unusually hot stretches.
I hope that you have AC. If Not, fans help, and keeping rooms very dark makes you cooler, too. :hugs
 

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I guess you believe in a raw food diet for your quails, too!! :lol:
How are you holding up in this heat!!
TWC, here, has been reporting on the record highs.
We Hate our extreme weather in North America, but we expect it. On the NW coast most people don't have AC, and they have suffered through a couple of years of unusually hot stretches.
I hope that you have AC. If Not, fans help, and keeping rooms very dark makes you cooler, too. :hugs
Thanks, in our house we have two ACs. But we didn't use them often because inside the house is in fact, quite cool. People here will open all windows in the early morning for fresh air ventilation and close everything (including the jalousie) until evening. As you said, keeping rooms very dark helps.

Also the rooms in the basement are much cooler. :D
 

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Okay, those are the final result of my 2022 tulip bulb harvest. The premium ones, size 12/12+
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The rest are 10~11/8~10. I will sell them to friends and customers who bought sauce/seasoning from me.
Anything smaller than these will be gifts.
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I randomly pick one day to do my propagation practices and keep sowing/pricking every week. Cuttings are much easier to survive when the temperature is warm enough.

Today, seven black elderberry and seven sweet potato cuttings that were rooted nicely moved to the 9cm nursery pots and 12 turmerics plants, too.
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Black elderberry - I want to plant them in the chicken runs next year to provide shades and food.
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Sweet potato cuttings - these are for harvesting leaves. As their new roots are still fragile, I put them behind the Rhododendron trees for one more week. They will have sufficient light but won't be harmed when the heat is too fierce.
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The earlier batch of sweet potato cuttings (also for leaves) transplanted one month ago are quite ready to be harvested.
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Suddenly I felt so rich! :lol: :lol: :lol:

About 80 seedlings are pricked from the seed trays to the module trays.
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They are food for autumn and maybe early winter. Meanwhile, I sowed some radish and broccoli (which will be ready to harvest in 60 days) - both are the 3rd crops of this year.
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Oriental lilies in a corner - their fragrant is too strong to be kept indoors, but totally great outdoors.
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Sweet potato cuttings - these are for harvesting leaves. As their new roots are still fragile, I put them behind the Rhododendron trees for one more week. They will have sufficient light but won't be harmed when the heat is too fierce.
You don't have to worry that much about rooting sweet potato cuttings. I've cut off a runner maybe 20 cm (8 inches) strip the leaves from the bottom 2 nodes, stick that in the ground, and keep it damp for a week. This was in the garden where a sweet potato slip had died. To me rooting sweet potato cuttings are about as easy as it gets.
 

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You don't have to worry that much about rooting sweet potato cuttings. I've cut off a runner maybe 20 cm (8 inches) strip the leaves from the bottom 2 nodes, stick that in the ground, and keep it damp for a week. This was in the garden where a sweet potato slip had died. To me rooting sweet potato cuttings are about as easy as it gets.
yeah, they are really the easy ones. I like to let them root in the water, so we enjoy some lovely green on the table, too.
 

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Today is a hard-working day.

I did some mowing first and then mulched the raspberry patch.
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This is currently the saddest area in our garden, as we have no time to take care of it. However, soon we will have more time as my FIL is moving to the nursing home in our town, just 2.5km away from us! We will visit him every day like now, but it will save us a lot of traveling time.

I even want to dig a small pond here! The trees in the background are, in fact, on a steep slope, and before the slope might be an ideal place for a small pond - the garden shed can collect so much water on rainy days. The water can go to the pond when the two rain barrels are full.

Before the small pond, I will finish the clean-up, build a new run (for quails) with a roof to collect rainwater.
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I also started to move raised beds from the vegetable garden to some other places. Like these small ones (too small for planting vegetables), I relocated them outside one chicken run for growing flowers in the future.
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