That's looks good. Would straw work to?Planted eggplant today; Gretel, Matinik, and Striped Togo (which is orange fruited). The peppers have been germinating, now all are up except Trinidad Perfume, which usually takes over 14 days. All of the growing peppers have been moved to the growing shelf, under 6-bulb T8 high bay lights. I always over-sow, the seedlings will be thinned to one per cell when emergence stops.
We've had a lot of rain, so the ground is far too wet to do anything outside. I did drive out to the rural garden though, to check on the garlic emergence. The garden was much too wet to walk in, so I squeaked & squished across the adjoining wet lawn to get as close as possible. Most of the garlic is up, and apparently only a few need help getting through the mulch (which as you can see, will have to wait for drier conditions).View attachment 40082
The hay I bought last year was a timothy/clover pasture mix. It was almost completely weed free - and I've kept the farmer's contact info in hope of buying more of the same this year. Up until now, I've just purchased hay every year from whoever was selling locally on Craigs List. Never from the same place twice, so the quality was hit or miss... some of the worst weeds are not easily visible in a hay bale. Usually I bought marsh hay, with not much barnyard weed seed - but a lot of thistle & yellow dock. I eliminated thistle from my gardens after several years of persistent effort, and am taking great pains to avoid reintroducing it.What kind of hay is that, salt marsh? It looks so much more fine than the straw/hay that I get.
Many years ago, I expressed an interest in a wild allium grown by a forum poster in Texas, and the gardener sent me a few of the bulbils produced on the flower stalks. I planted them in a fairly inhospitable location, under my outdoor faucet. They grew slowly, and took a long time to get established - but now they are VERY established. It turned out to be a strain of Allium canadense... flat leaves, more like a wild garlic than an onion. Fairly pretty when in bloom, with flowers projecting outward from a tight ball of deep red bulbils - reminiscent of aerial fireworks. But the patch has been expanding outward with increasing speed, and there are other domesticated alliums that I want to plant there; so I am gradually digging it out.my own experience with some alliums here that are decorative and nice flowers but very hard to get rid of once you plant them is that it can take years of concerted effort to remove them once planted unless you can smother the area completely. since i can't i'm digging and pulling shoots as much as i can and still a long ways to go.