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The Garden Update

Well, it’s been about a week since the last post about the garden and it’s high time I documented all this growth! It’s been a very good week. We’ve been battered and bullied by wind and hail and tons of rain but that hasn’t seemed to bother any of the plants (with the exception of the tomatoes… they’ve definitely seen better days).

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Every last one of the potatoes has decided to poke their starchy little heads up! It’s very exciting. They’ve been growing at least 1/4 inch a day, the blue potatoes are about four or five inches tall now and the yukon gold’s have only been up for a few days and look how big they are already!

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The peas are going gangbusters, especially since they’ve finally reached their trellis. I’ll have to tighten things up a bit after all that stormness.
peas_13Ooooohhhh! Look at them twine! It’s pretty darn cute, if you ask me. And you did ask me, right? Good, I thought so.

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Peas peas peas…
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Oh, and I’ve more or less neglected to tell you about the beds in the front yard. So far we have chives, pineapple mint, apple mint, spearmint, mint, blackeyed susans, poppies, lemon verbena, thyme, sedum, forget me nots, and tons of other plants neither mummy or I can remember. It’s going to be so good this summer!

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Oh and P.s. the artichokes are doing really well too! Go artichoke go!

No sign of sage seeds or carrots yet… sigh… I feel like Pongo and Perdita in 101 Dalmations after the puppies were born… or something. Too far? Yeah, probably.

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We finished moving half the bad dirt from the three planter boxes and then replacing it with good dirt. It turns out that we have some GIANT WORMS building little worm cities and having little worm babies all over the place in those boxes.

This. Is. Excellent! This guy was really about twice as long when he stretched out. Hopefully it’ll have some big worm babies who will go on to have more worm babies who will eventually turn that nasty clay soil into wonderful vegetable soil in a few generations. How long do worms live for, anyway?

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I put in 12 Hood strawberry plants today too! I’ll put some pictures up next time something gardeny happens. Mom and I went to pick up a load of barkchips for the yard and wound up stopping in at Geren’s Farm Supply (different from Burn’s Feed FarmMart). We got the strawberries and two artichoke plants, I’ll let you know how those do in a few weeks. I’ve never done artichokes, but they sure look cool in the planters. Geren’s had a giant tom turkey, some goats, pigeons, fish, birds, bunnies, roosters, chicks and (ultimate of ultimates!) they had a Flemish Giant (I know Star, we should have gone there. But I honestly had no idea how cool it would be. Next time.). I just about passed out when I found him in his playpen in the middle of the store. That is a BIG bunny, 24.5 pounds! Sigh…. I want. I want so badly! I think Monty would never talk to me again if I brought home another bunny though. He’s funny like that.photo_19