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  • Carol 25 Feb 2015
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    Saturday Grass Mowing and Unexpected Events.

    Photo-upload-423944?1424916192 Garden growth had gotten away from me. I had not been feeling 100% well for a long time, and always put it down to the incessant migraines that I suffer. Add to that lawn mowers that refuse to start for me, left our grass growing beyond the tolerable. When some clumps of grass are taller than ...
    Mostly Cloudy 32°C / 90°F
  • mpsprengeler 27 Feb 2015
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    Really itchy.

    I have got the "need to plant NOW" itch real bad. Seed catalogs came late this year, so I'm getting started on my seed-starting late. In reality I've been poring over them in 10-minute increments for the last three weeks trying to decide what stuff to try. I have the distinct feeling that I'm ...
    Clear -19°C / -2°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 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
  • 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
  • rainymountain 26 Feb 2015
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    Calamondin Orange

    Photo-upload-423981?1424988987 Green Guy asked about the Calamondin Orange, so here is an update. It was bought at the local supermarket in December 2004 as a small bush. It is now approximately 18" high and 24" wide. It has always been a rather straggly shrub, and has been pruned at various times. Currently it has blossoms, s...
    Overcast 5°C / 41°F
  • GreenGuy 26 Feb 2015
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    Cabbages Damaged, Harvested the broken leaves & ate them. Yummy!

    Our 5 remaining cabbages from the 9 seedlings we transplanted in Oct have had a rough time. They lost 2 siblings early on to snails, then they lost 2 more siblings and were themselves nibbled up a bit by cabbage loopers when they were about 4" across. Things had been looking pretty good for t...
    Partly Sunny 16°C / 61°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
  • seeingreen 03 Mar 2015
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    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

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