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the bees have been busy

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Although I have noticed fewer bees at my bird bath, I am pleased to see that they have been busy in the vegetable garden. The cucumbers are going gangbusters, with lots of little cukes on the vines. Baby peppers and tomatoes have been sighted as well.

2013-06-08The sage and basil are thriving. There is more rhubarb to be harvested, but in the meantime Mr. Toad is content enjoying its shade.

mr. toad came a’ calling

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When I ventured into the vegetable garden today, I almost stepped on our long-time resident, Mr. Toad. We found him several years ago in the yard and put him inside the fence with the raised beds. As you can see, he’s grown fat eating the bad bugs, slugs and snails for us. He loves the moist, loamy soil.

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The lettuce, onions and carrots are coming along. The radishes (far left) should be ready to be picked by early next week.

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The radishes we planted more recently have sprouted and are making a strong showing.

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The dill is looking good. Once it gets a bit bigger, I plan to try to pot some to share with friends–two full rows were planted and we don’t need that much ourselves for pickle making.

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I felt brave enough to plant the basil–surely we won’t get cold temps the second week of May?!  Last year I put the basil in pots near the house, thinking that it would make access from the kitchen easier. However, the basil languished–and thus so did pesto production. So it’s back in the ground again.

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The rhubarb continues to unfurl its meaty leaves. I have my eye on its red stalks–there will be plenty for pie this year.

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The fennel’s feathery leaves are shooting upward like green fireworks.

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The best news? The tomatoes have blooms!

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