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  • redloon 02 Mar 2015
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    The joy and beauty of bolting vegetables

    Photo-upload-424393?1425433008 I get a kick out of watching leafy greens bolt as spring approaches. They send up flower stems impressively rapidly, and often have quite lovely flowers, much appreciated by pollinators. My arugula, mustard greens, and komatsuna are all bolting right now. Fortunately the kales haven't ...
    Sunny 19°C / 67°F
  • xan 01 Mar 2015
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    In the meantime

    Photo-upload-424114?1425225593 The rehabbing is coming along, while the divorce is not. I don't even care anymore. Wei wanted a divorce, but we are now more than 2 years on and barely any progress. I don't even care anymore. I am going to have to sell the house, but not until 2017. I'm done with rehab for a while-- next big...
    Snow -7°C / 19°F
  • redloon 01 Mar 2015
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    Indoor seed-starting update

    Photo-upload-424142?1425243743 It's cold and rainy and gross outside, so it's time for an indoor seed-starting inventory. Conclusion: I have some clear winners and losers at this point. The 'Red Gem' marigolds, Verbena bonariensis, Thai basil, Sweet basil, and 'Profusion' Zinnias are the speedy and high germination front-r...
    Overcast 6°C / 43°F
  • seeingreen 03 Mar 2015
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    Vandals!

    The Nectarine and Peach trees which were being trained on the west wall of the cottage have been vandalised. I just couldn't believe my eyes when taking a closer look at the buds, that the trunks had been cut right through, below the graft, into the root stock. These are clean cuts so it was ve...
    Partly Cloudy 5°C / 41°F
  • GreenGuy 05 Mar 2015
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    Harvest time: Mint and Sprouts. A little bit is better than nothing!

    Photo-upload-424509?1425583500 Small harvest at this time of year, because I didn't plant any kale, turnips, beets, onions or spinach last Fall. Turnips, Beets, Kale, onions and spinach are coming in abundantly at my local farmers' market. Lesson learned: Next October I need to make space and time to plant some Kale, oni...
    Windy 6°C / 43°F
  • xan 01 Mar 2015
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    Waiting waiting waiting

    Photo-upload-422723?1422982398 I had high hopes of starting lettuce indoors March 1 to get a jump on the season this year, but my basement, where the seed station is, is still too cold. Lately, our season has been extended, but it's extended at the wrong end-- we're getting wet, cold springs, and hot, dry autumns. But by au...
    Snow -7°C / 19°F
  • mrgrytyrll 01 Mar 2015
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    003 - Sowing seeds

    Photo-upload-424161?1425263189 I went to Walmart today and found two seed packets I wanted off my wish-list. I also bought a little seed starter kit and seed starter mix. I've found a location to put them, which is directly next to my west-facing bedroom window. I've elevated them on some little shelving units from Daiso Japan...
  • epiphany 02 Mar 2015
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    Edible Weeds: Purslane

    Photo-upload-424186?1425303405 If your garden is anything like mine, you probably have more than a few examples of this little weedy visitor. Purslane (Portulaca oleracea; also known as pigweed, wild portulaca, etc) seems to grow particularly well in the hot, dry Australian climate. But don't be too hasty in eradicating it. It...
  • GramRibbit 02 Mar 2015
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    Will have horseradish starts this year..

    Things were starting to thaw. Note were.. it's snowing and blowing as I write this text. I had a chance to walk through the garden and just wish for warmth to begin working out there. I could see that I will have to divide and share some more horseradish starts. So let me know it will be a mon...
    Overcast -3°C / 27°F

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