Friday, May 17, 2019

garden o bits

 Abstracted chickens
distracted by the morning's weeds

I spent a good amount of time in the garden, doing my primitive hack and plant and water by bucket... it felt like what was needed - that kind of work, seeds that (mostly) grew here... and got out the two little transplant seedling tomatoes and the cantaloupe.  I put out some tromboncino seedlings the other day and forgot to sunshade them (because it has been so cool and overcast and rainy) and the sun surprised me and killed them right off... I remembered to sunshade these transplants.

Put out landrace beans by the handful, black and brown and white and a lima bean and some whipporwill peas all tossed in there.  These are things we eat (well, the lima bean and some hopi pink corn kernels and two random cucumber looking seeds were thrown out as well because, well, they were in the container marked 'random'...)  I put out a cheap packet of our favorite sweet corn... 

Later today I still need to scratch out some more basil in the patch near the bought tomatoes... maybe a few more cucumber seeds (none have come up yet) and radishes (some.. but scraggly and only at the edges of the area).

The garden looks like a construction/battle zone.  I've seen deer tracks out there in the soft earth and was hoping by putting up tomato cages around things it would deter them from at least going directly there.

Planted the morning glory, moonflower amd scarlet runner bean also, today.  Last year's moonflower vines provided several pods of satisfyingly fat white seeds, that went in the ground with the five that were in the new packet.  The Hollyhocks are continuing to grow - the two plants that came up from last year.  I'm cautiously optimistic.  Something could still decide to step on them or eat them.

This is what I mean as primitive.. just what I can hack with the hoe and water with the hose.
The chair won't be there permanently.. it is keeping shade on the cantaloupe.. ditto with the contraption in the back corner for the tomato seedlings.

 several lilies are getting ready to be showy


 tiger lilies are getting ready, too - but a bit further off

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