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Busy month of May... - Betwixt & Between

ethaisa
Date: 2009-05-26 12:57
Subject: Busy month of May...
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So, I've been eaten by my garden. Which is only fair, considering my intent should my veggies be fruitful. This is the first summer in a couple of years when I haven't have back issues curtailing me, so I started off slow but this last fortnight I've been getting busy. I've cut turf and turned beds (with the help of friends, thanks!) and moved stones and pavers, done all sorts of groundwork: the peat and bone meal and compost was flying about, let me tell you. There is also now something that suspiciously resembles a stargate or rings platform in the middle of my garden; completely unintended initally - oh, fruitful subconscious, the tricks you like to play!

I did my baskets (now hanging merrily off the garage, filled with bacopa and petunias and verbena and sweetpea) and pots (oh the nasterums and coleus and geraniums and lobelia and licorice and a few patio tomatoes).

As for veggies, the cucs and zuccs and peppers and eggplants are in the ground. The heirloom tomatoes are waiting patiently - I did 6-7 hours yesterday and today I'm forcing myself to take it easy; it's also really windy - hopefully it will calm down later. I did get all the soaker hose down in the back; that wind didn't help. I have new stonecress for the rock border, too.

And then there's the front beds. Various sedum groundcovers and ivy await!
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Michael
User: eumelosdrizzle
Date: 2009-05-26 17:22 (UTC)
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If it is a ring platform or stargate can I come too? :P

Your garden sounds great! L. and I (well L really) started on our garden for the season. I just hope things don't die when we are on PEI...
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ethaisa
User: ethaisa
Date: 2009-05-26 17:31 (UTC)
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Of course! I really had to laugh when I stepped back (well, looked down on it from a window) and realized what I'd done.

And don't worry, I'll water and look in on your greenery while you're away.
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Taistealaí
User: hazelbranch
Date: 2009-05-26 17:40 (UTC)
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Sounds like you've done a lot of work. Yay for no pain and taking it easy today! I've got just over half of our stuff (so far) planted and am going to try to get the rest of it in today before it starts raining. Do you still have some "extra" oregano in your garden? :)
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ethaisa
User: ethaisa
Date: 2009-05-26 22:40 (UTC)
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I have tons of the stuff. It's growning in cracks in the driveway. Ditto the echinacea. Did you need any more pots? I have a few to spare... What did you plant?

Of course, after writing the above, and checking the weather, I ran back outside in a panic to do more stuff... the tomatoes and salvia and marigolds are now in, along with some flowers, and I did up a couple pots. I finished setting up my waterbarrel (which meant digging my drill out of the garage so I could put drainage in the planter that sits on top.) The stuff I couldn't get too (mostly for the front) will have to wait out the rain 'cause I'm done in now.

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Taistealaí: earth girls
User: hazelbranch
Date: 2009-05-27 14:07 (UTC)
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I will take some of that oregano and echinacea off your hands. :)

So far we've got the yarrow, sage and dill growing back from last year and the new additions are rosemary, basil, zucchini, black krim tomato, yellow pear tomato, cauliflower and russian kale. Who knows how well some of those veggies will do in our containers, but it doesn't hurt to try! I'd love to get a couple more veggie plants like scarlet runners, chard, and some cucumber. I think we're doing ok for pots so far but we shall see. :p

I actually think we need to divide up the yarrow because it has gotten big for it's pot, but I've never done that before. Am I likely to kill it in the process or is it fairly easy? Any tips?

So how are you feeling today after the mad panic gardening of yesterday?
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ethaisa
User: ethaisa
Date: 2009-05-27 16:50 (UTC)
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I'm sore, and advil is my dear, dear friend at the moment, but other than that, I'm doing ok. Today I will take it easy!

Yarrow should be divided every 2 or 3 years, so you should do fine. It's pretty hardy. Just cut down right through the roots, water it well and give it lots of sun.

I love scarlet runners -- they are so pretty! And chard is near impossible to kill once you get it going, and kale even moreso - it can even last through the winter if you give it a bit of shelter. It gets used decoratively in alot of gardens because of its leaves but I best love those leaves in soup/stew!

Cauliflower can be hard to grow - I've never tried them in containers; I'd use the deepest container I could and they like heavier soils, firmly packed.

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