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vegetable garden–spring update

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My husband and I worked in the garden yesterday afternoon. We had been promised sunny and 80 degrees but ended up with overcast and 60s. Radishes, onions, lettuce, dill and carrots have emerged.

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The rhubarb has bulked up.

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The elderberry starts are sprouting (thanks, Ken!).

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We planted tomatoes and ran the soaker hoses. This year we are trying Mr. Stripey, San Marzano and Sungold. We planted radishes and lettuce along the sides of the raised beds on both sides of the tomatoes. We cut wire hangers into segments and then bend them to hold the soaker hose in place. We save these improvised staples and use them year after year.

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We got the cucumber plants in too.

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We put collars made from old plastic flower pots and soda bottles around the seedlings to thwart cutworms.

OK, now we are ready for 80 degrees–maybe tomorrow, please?

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3 thoughts on “vegetable garden–spring update

  1. Wow. That looks really professional. We are not even putting in tomatoes this year. We have so little sun in the yard and get so few tomatoes that it is far cheaper to buy them at the farm stand on Meramec Bottoms Road. I accidentally bought beets plants instead of chard (didn’t put my glasses on) two weeks ago at the hardware store. Still want to plant chard, though.

  2. We haven’t grown beets or chard yet. Our pickling has been limited to cucumbers, but I have thought it’d be fun to try to can pickled beets–maybe next year.

  3. It looks like you and your hubby really know what you’re doing. My husband’s vegetable gardens the last two years weren’t very successful, so I hope he has better luck this year. Recently, he purchased blackberry, blueberry and raspberry bushes, which I hope the four legged critters don’t destroy. They ate most of our peaches (our first harvest) last year. The good news is that most of my herbs survived the winter and are looking good, so far.

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