What Did You Do In The Garden?

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yesterday i got out for some weeding (at last!) in the north garden. it seems i barely got going before i was tired out and overheated. came in for a brunch break and took off clothes to cool off and then went out for another hour or two (changing out the long pants for shorts made enough of a difference i didn't get too overheated the 2nd round). by 1:30pm i was pooped out completely. must be really out of shape. my legs ached last night and it took a wihle to get to sleep. woke up this morning and yep my legs feel like i did something yesterday.

today it is raining until later. so i get to rest up this morning some more and then maybe later i'll find a pathway to weed or something. if it gets dry enough out i can check up on the ground ivy situation again - there must be some sprouts coming up again by now...

all is ok, i need the exercise, we need the rain and i'll eventually get back to being more useful again. :)
 

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I transplanted one more pepper into the home gardens yesterday. Of the few seeds sown in the garden during the warm spell, the Jembo Polish beans & Yokomo Giant peas have come up strong.

Most of the garden work at this point is maintaining the ever-increasing number of transplants. The cold-sensitive plants (eggplant, Moringa, water spinach, and all of the gourd family) need to be kept in warm shelter until this cold snap passes, on Memorial Day. Most of the plants, though, are planned for the rural garden... once the fence is put back up to protect them. All of the "rescue" soybeans are up to varying degrees, but I needed to adjust the plans to reflect those needing extra TLC.

The process of starting bean transplants will continue through the weekend; there will be at least 8 pots of everything, as backups. That safety net has saved my seed crops more than once.

A couple of the more unusual transplants:

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Moringa oleifera, a tree grown in my garden as an annual. Highly nutritious leaves.

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Water spinach, from seed over 10 years old. These always remind me of willow seedlings.
 

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Ummm, nothing exotic, unless Thai Hot peppers count. Absolutely standard, probably for 20 years.

Those and about 4 other varieties of peppers, went into the garden. Eggplant and more sweet corn are now residents. Some senposai ... we will see how they do with the exposure that characterized the big garden. I learned that they do not like shade, the last time I grew them. Hey, @Ben E Lou ! Not a cabbage ... not collards ... not kale. Hey, @seedcorn !

Ran tiller for about 3 hours. Please excuse me for delirium ...

;) Steve
 

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Yellow watermelon! Is this something you grow every year @seedcorn, or is it a new variety you're trying?
I grew them a few years ago. Liked everything about them-early, correct size, sweet. Wife wouldn’t eat them because they were yellow meated. Tried sugar babies-too many seeds. Tried Mambas but it was a terrible watermelon year. So Mambas getting another shot and I started some yellows-worst case I eat them.....
 

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I grew them a few years ago. Liked everything about them-early, correct size, sweet. Wife wouldn’t eat them because they were yellow meated. Tried sugar babies-too many seeds. Tried Mambas but it was a terrible watermelon year. So Mambas getting another shot and I started some yellows-worst case I eat them.....
I'm growing a yellow one this year too @seedcorn, Petite Yellow. I really like it, as well as a hybrid one called Yellow Doll. Seeds for that one are pricey though, and for very few seeds.
 

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more weeding in the north garden. looks much nicer now. only another few rounds to finish it off so that will be about 15hrs total. the majority of that time is spent sitting on my ground pillow and weeding around the daffodils around the edges.

there are some small weeds which have very little root system to them (when you pull them out hardly any dirt at all sticks to the roots) - i need to look them up to see what they are commonly called - these are the majority of what i'm getting out of there before they drop millions of seeds. the other major weeds are mouse-eared chickweed, grasses and speedwells. that's 99% of what i have to get out of there.

the mostly empty areas in the middle only took me a few hours to clear out and clean up so they are pretty much ready for planting when we get around to it.

today, raining, cold.
 

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