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  • 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
  • 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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    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
  • Kevalsha 27 Feb 2015
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    Weeding and preparing beds

    I have been quite busy this past few days working in the garden as the weather is so nice. I have been using my new seating cart for weeding while seated and it works great. Roselle lane is now gone and have collected seeds for starting new plants and sharing with anyone that would like them....
    Overcast 16°C / 61°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...

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